Thanks to the new Forbes 400 list, we’ve got billionaire on the brain.
Congrats to the 26 Florida billionaires who made the cut. Florida ranked fourth in billionaireitis and California was #1 with 83 billionaires. In Florida Micky Arison came in at #1. Maybe that’s why he always looks so tan and studly. With 26 billionaires and that kind of cash floating all around Florida, it’s amazing that the most expensive home on the market is just $60 million (pictured left).
So, how big a number is a billion? Fasten your seatbelt.
A billion is a thousand million. If you wanted to count to a billion, it would take 31 years, 251 days, 7 hours and 39 seconds (if you counted one per second). A billion seconds ago, it was 1958. A billion dollars is 266 small U-Haul boxes jammed end-to-end and floor to ceiling in crisp $100 dollar bills. So you think a billionaire has a “ton” of money? Well, a ton of $100 bills is about only, $90,800,000. Chump change. Most commercial jets fly about 7 miles high. If you took crisp, new $1,000 bills, it would soar 63 miles high.
So, what would a billion dollars buy if you wanted be change the world? According to The World Land Trust website and a little of my bad math, a billion would get you 12. 3 million acres of rainforest. And in time, a cure for “tons” of diseases and reduce carbon offsets and stuff like that. That’s what I would consider.
Pretend just for a second that you had a loose billion and wanted to change the world. What would you do with it? ~Mike