Star Wars fans would love to own a piece of Lucasfilm. But will Lucas ever take his Empire public?
NEW YORK (CNN/Money) – "An IPO? Hmmm. Raise money, you will."
That's what we imagine Jedi master Yoda would say to George Lucas if the two were having a conversation about taking Lucasfilm public.
Lucas, of course, is intensely private, so the odds of him subjecting his company to the intense scrutiny of Wall Street are probably about as likely as the despised Jar Jar Binks being named by movie fans as the most popular "Star Wars" character of all time.
Money probably isn't an issue either. Lucas already is worth $3 billion, according to Forbes magazine's latest annual ranking of the world's wealthiest people. And a company spokeswoman said that Lucasfilm has no plans for an IPO.