What If You Had One Hundred Billion Dollars

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20:18 saw the emergence of the first

hundred billion dollar man the idea of

that much money is enough to make your

head spin but don't tell me you've never

dreamed about it the question is what

would you do what could you do

would you buy the crown jewels a giant

house or a private plane would you make

the world a better place could you even

live long enough to spend it this is

what if and here's what you could buy

with a hundred billion dollars it seems

like those with money are often judged

by how they use it some people spend

more than the cost of a college

education on a car and then there are

campaigns like The Giving Pledge that

has seen 175 of the world's wealthiest

people pledging to donate the majority

their fortunes to charitable causes so

far the members of The Giving Pledge

have collectively promised more than

three hundred and sixty five billion

dollars but for a lot of us it's hard to

quantify that type of money so to help

put it all in perspective here are some

of the things you could buy with a

hundred billion dollars you've been

thinking about that dream vacation for a

while and now you can finally go

wherever you want for as long as you

want but what does it mean to travel in

style well for a hundred billion dollars

you could buy around two hundred and

fifty Boeing 747s in other words

establish your own private airline but

if you're seriously considering a kingly

existence why not buy an entire country

with a GDP of ninety billion dollars you

could practically own Costa Rica and

while you're busy turning the world into

a Monopoly board why not add another

game to your collection with a hundred

billion dollars you could furnish a real

version of the classic board game

with the cost of two small fleets each

with its own aircraft carrier coming in

at about fifty billion dollars it's up

to you how much you want to spend on

fuel ammo and personnel with just half

of your fortune you could buy the

world's largest royal domain the Palace

of Versailles with its 700 rooms 600

paintings 400 sculptures and 1,400

fountains in fact you'd still have

enough left over for the White House

Buckingham Palace st. Petersburg's

Winter Palace and Tokyo's Imperial

Palace or you could just buy the Louvre

in its contents for a modest forty five

billion but if art isn't your thing how

about sports with the average cost of an

American football franchise at 1 billion

dollars you could own every team in the

National Football League and still have

enough left over to buy all the teams in

Major League Baseball the National

Hockey League and the English Premier

League while you might call that a

win-win it's important to remember that

for some people a billion in the bank is

not just a reality but a serious

responsibility 100 billion dollars is

enough money to put roughly seven

hundred and fifty seven thousand

students through American colleges for

four years you could triple America's

proposed foreign assistance budget for

2019 offering three times the amount of

food medicine and security to a wider

range of recipients in over 100

countries considering that it would only

cost an estimated sixty million dollars

to save the Great Barrier Reef think how

far one hundred billion dollars could

take us along the path of sustainable

living and environmental protection of

course we could always diversify and

tackle several world issues at once a

team of some of the world's top

economists claim that an annual

investment of three billion dollars

could reduce malnutrition in the

developing world by 36% saving over 100

million children from starvation each

year on top of that an additional two

billion dollars every year towards

agricultural research and development

would not only increase global food

security but also protect biodiversity

and prevent deforestation these are

trends that could only become more

cost-effective as they continue to be

funded it may seem like a sad reality to


that money really does make the world go

round but that doesn't mean we have to

think selfishly put towards a good cause

money can make a world of difference

lifting people out of poverty and

stimulating growth education and

innovation as long as enough people

remain willing to give back then we

should all consider ourselves fortunate

so how about it what would you do with a

hundred billion dollars