What the World’s Richest 5 Could Buy

You know that private island you've always dreamed of? These guys own them.

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Bill Gates regains his title as “World’s Richest Person” in the new Forbes’ Billionaire list for 2014.  Gates spends so much of his money on charity that for four years, he was not listed as the richest of the rich.

But let’s face it: Every person on the Forbes list has a mind-boggling amount of money. Big ticket items like diamonds and houses represent incidental splurges for this group.  What would it look like if these moneybags decided to drop some serious coin?   What can that kind of money buy?

We decided to take a look at what this year’s top 5 could buy if they decided to blow it all in one glorious spending spree.

18 comments
SusanTurner
SusanTurner

What buying power does J. Bieber have?  What about Shaq?  J Lo?  Etc...?  Athletes in the top 4 sports are all in the top 1%.  Why are they not mentioned, ever?  TV, movie stars... hmm?  Nope, non mention & so on.

WilliamR.Mosby
WilliamR.Mosby

If they would just buy a bunch of the same stuff ordinary middle class folks would have bought if the middle class was as large as it should be and then let ordinary folks use them, that would bring us a healthy economy again.

SusanTurner
SusanTurner

Here's what would more interesting...  What would the 5 richest people  be able to buy in 1884, 1904, 1924, 1944, 1962, 1984, 2002 & 2014 (in today's $).  Just to see if things have really changed or is it same story/old story.

Biebs
Biebs

The rich horde their money like it's the purpose to life.  They constantly need more and more of it and think that all others just don't work hard enough.


In reality, this is not the case.  Those making less more often than not work harder than those making more.


But what the rich always seem to forget is that they will die just like the rest of us.  Their money will be nothing to them then and all those billions they have sitting in the bank will do them nothing.


I'm not saying money doesn't matter at all and that we shouldn't work, but when it comes down to it, money is just a made up idea that humans created.  It gets us nothing.

BrianSmith
BrianSmith

Or, any of them could buy Detroit... hmm...tough choice.

horsley1953
horsley1953

They already bought Congress, after that, what else do they really need?

908savage
908savage

They won't buy Time, that's for sure.

thomasr
thomasr

34 million buys more than 8 Lamborghinis

SusanTurner
SusanTurner

@WilliamR.Mosby  Really?  Most middle class folks didn't have cable (about 20 stations) in the 80's.  Only high triple figure families would even try and own proaction tvs.  Everybody until 2004 had landlines only, unless a cell was covered by work.  People on low incomes now pay more for cell and cable plans than a Porsche 911 would have cost in 1986.  The 2850 sq, foot room home which cost $100,000 in 1983 would easily cost $800,000-$1 million today.... why?  Inflation?  NOPE!  Demand from kids in their 20's who refuse to live in anything less than it took their parents to buy in their late 30's to early 50's!  Get your expectations in order.


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cjh2nd
cjh2nd

@Biebs  

you "hoard" money. you're part of a "horde." they don't "constantly need" anything except food, water, air, and sleep. they may "constantly want"  to make more money (but who doesn't? you're full of crap if you say otherwise). your logic is f**king moronic

Kickinit2010
Kickinit2010

@Biebs  Did you miss the part about Bill Gates donating over $28 billion to charity so far? Wouldn't consider that "hoarding" his money.

fernbubba
fernbubba

@Biebs  that is a ridiculous response.  How can you have an opinion about what people do and dont do that you dont even know.  as for when you die, he/she knows that they family will be taken care of for generations.

WilfTarquin
WilfTarquin

@908savage Because it's already owned by Time Warner, the largest media conglomerate on the planet.