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How would you spend....say....400 trillion pounds?

Post by MarkyDMan on Sat Jul 30, 2011 3:03 am

Simple thread really, discuss how you would spend 400 trillion pounds, i.e. £400,000,000,000,000

For our non-pound using friends, that's:

$658,233,529,676,075.75 (US)
€457,111,050,311,205.00
$598,554,234,976,528.00 (AUS)

First off, I'd buy a Strand 166 superyacht:



Then, I'd get myself one of these, for teh lulz (it's the one on the left Smile)



Housing wise, I'd design one myself. If I get time, I'll make it in google sketchup 8 and show you a CGI picture. It'd be located near Lake Thun, in Switzerland. Large, central lounge area with huge floor-to-ceiling windows, private harbour for my Strand, and lots of expensive stuff Smile

I'd buy an Alienware Area-51 ALX, customised for optimum performance, plus I'd have a supercomputer in a basement from which I can play games Smile The alienware would be just for general use.

I'd buy out Norwich City FC, because they're my home team, and I would also pay for the design and construction of huge welling machines to be shipped to various locations in Africa via special-built cargo planes. I'd fund the digging of gigantic wells reaching the water table, and I'd also implement a rudimentary rail-based transport system around these wells to allow people from many areas to be within reach of a well.




So what would you do with 400 trillion pounds?


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Re: How would you spend....say....400 trillion pounds?

Post by LoD on Sat Jul 30, 2011 3:20 am

Too much money to think about. D:
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Re: How would you spend....say....400 trillion pounds?

Post by sjhorm on Sat Jul 30, 2011 3:28 am

I would buy the president and make the world my zombie slaves! Very Happy
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Re: How would you spend....say....400 trillion pounds?

Post by Arkanay on Sat Jul 30, 2011 3:46 am

MarkyDMan wrote:
So what would you do with 400 trillion pounds?

Bank them for several years and make even more from interest rates. Cool
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Post by Vektrix on Sat Jul 30, 2011 3:59 am

Interesting choice of number, Mark.

I would buy a Turnip, but I'd have to haggle.

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Re: How would you spend....say....400 trillion pounds?

Post by Trick on Sat Jul 30, 2011 4:34 am

Give around 399 trillion of it to charity, keep the rest to myself and spend the remainer on living a decent life.
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Re: How would you spend....say....400 trillion pounds?

Post by OneDeadSlime on Sat Jul 30, 2011 5:13 am

Arkanay wrote:
MarkyDMan wrote:
So what would you do with 400 trillion pounds?

Bank them for several years and make even more from interest rates. Cool

Noone would give you interest rates for 400 trillion. They'd go bankrupt in a month.

Give around 399 trillion of it to charity, keep the rest to myself and spend the remainer on living a decent life.

If you had a trillion you wouldn't live just a "decent life".
Even one trillion is an extreme amount of money and for all intents and purposes, it's endless. At least, considering where the dollar is today. Suppose you donate 399 trillion:
If you spent 100k a month (I'm sure none of you spend a fraction of that) on average without gaining any profit you'd need 10^7 months to spend it all... or 833333 years (I'm referring to ONE billion). If you spent a billion every month, you'd still need 1000 months ie a lifetime.
So the answer to the question would be that it doesn't matter what you do. If the dollar maintains its value (extremely unlikely if you throw so much money out there) it'll never end.
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Re: How would you spend....say....400 trillion pounds?

Post by Arkanay on Sat Jul 30, 2011 5:15 am

OneDeadSlime wrote:

Noone would give you interest rates for 400 trillion. They'd go bankrupt in a month.

That's why I wouldn't put everything at once and would split up several amounts throughout different banks. All hypothetically speaking, ofc. :b
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Re: How would you spend....say....400 trillion pounds?

Post by OneDeadSlime on Sat Jul 30, 2011 5:29 am

Yeah well, good luck finding so many banks lol...
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Re: How would you spend....say....400 trillion pounds?

Post by sjhorm on Sat Jul 30, 2011 5:41 am

Vektrix wrote:Interesting choice of number, Mark.

I would buy a Turnip, but I'd have to haggle.

a Turnip?

like..the vegetable?
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Re: How would you spend....say....400 trillion pounds?

Post by OneDeadSlime on Sat Jul 30, 2011 5:57 am

Oh, it's in pounds? :/
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Re: How would you spend....say....400 trillion pounds?

Post by Andeavor on Sat Jul 30, 2011 5:59 am

Ark, with 400 trillion, you'd have more than all the banks together. if they'd pay you any interest rate, you'd single-handedly collapse the entire global economy.

One trillion is more than one person can spend in their life three times over - let alone 400. That is over fourteen times more than the current fortune of Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim who sits on a staggering 75 billion dollars.

Anyway, I'd definitely build that steampunk train I mentioned in the tropical island/yacht thread, buy out the Disney company and run it the way it should be and otherwise leave my mark all over the world by building theme parks, health centers and clean up some of the global infrastructure.

The rest goes into charity, small businesses and personal funds that need it the most.

Meanwhile, I'd invite you all to my art deco penthouse on the hills of Los Angeles and if you have enough of all that smog, I'll charter a boat to bring us to my tropical island resort, which would have been built by Disney imagineers. awesome

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Re: How would you spend....say....400 trillion pounds?

Post by Trick on Sat Jul 30, 2011 6:00 am

OneDeadSlime wrote:
Arkanay wrote:

Bank them for several years and make even more from interest rates. Cool

Noone would give you interest rates for 400 trillion. They'd go bankrupt in a month.

Give around 399 trillion of it to charity, keep the rest to myself and spend the remainer on living a decent life.

If you had a trillion you wouldn't live just a "decent life".
Even one trillion is an extreme amount of money and for all intents and purposes, it's endless. At least, considering where the dollar is today. Suppose you donate 399 trillion:
If you spent 100k a month (I'm sure none of you spend a fraction of that) on average without gaining any profit you'd need 10^7 months to spend it all... or 833333 years (I'm referring to ONE billion). If you spent a billion every month, you'd still need 1000 months ie a lifetime.
So the answer to the question would be that it doesn't matter what you do. If the dollar maintains its value (extremely unlikely if you throw so much money out there) it'll never end.

You misunderstand my point.
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Re: How would you spend....say....400 trillion pounds?

Post by TyrannoFan on Sat Jul 30, 2011 8:29 am

400 Trillion pounds?

I'd eliminate all poverty in the world by doing whatever it takes; build cities, put lots of clean water and food and give loads of money to poor countries etc.

Develop a cure for cancer and every disease that exists... or at least try, better than nothing right?

I dunno about the remaining three hundred and ninety-something trillion pounds that would be left. Do whatever I want I guess.
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Re: How would you spend....say....400 trillion pounds?

Post by LordRemington on Sat Jul 30, 2011 10:05 am

I'd build a Deathstar, and go around destroying uninhabitable planets for funzies.

I'm pretty sure even if I built a deathstar, I'd still have a redonkulous amount of money left.

The real question is, what wouldn't you do. You could do practically anything with that kind of money?

My main contribution to helping humanity would be to have all homes installed with full solar power and replace all cars with hydrogen-cell cars or some cars that have cleaner emissions.

Then I'd put funds into making 3rd world countries better (with that kind of money, much better infact). e.g vaccines for all who need, ensuring everyone has something to eat, place to sleep each night, etc.

And then I'd order the development of a spaceship with hyper drive and I would set out into the universe and make friends and allies with other alien races, and create a galactic federation, that I would later take control over when I would order the storm troopers to carry out "Order 66" and take over the univer................ Shocked You heard nothing

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Re: How would you spend....say....400 trillion pounds?

Post by Vektrix on Sat Jul 30, 2011 6:32 pm

@sjhorm: I was referring to this...



I'd be happy with £400,000, let alone trillion.

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Re: How would you spend....say....400 trillion pounds?

Post by Red-Indigo on Sat Jul 30, 2011 7:25 pm

Haha, some of the replies to this thread had me chuckling.

It is indeed too much money to know what to do with. I know my friends and family would be more than set up for life, if they wanted it that is.

First and foremost I'd have a huge party, because, 'hey! I'm rich!'

I would then use the money to help fund charities but more so, actually go and do the work myself, as I know alot of governments take from charities and the aid they provide. I'd want to do everything from humanitarian stuff to saving the whales, haha. I'd also hire an economist to advise me on what impact all this world saving would have Laughing

Of course I'd have a nice little set up for myself, or two, with nice tropical breezes and sandy beaches. Oh and one somewhere near some good old snowy mountains too.

I'd also buy myself a really beat up old camper van that I could work on, because I've always wanted to fix one up. I'd also have a Mustang Very Happy

Besides that, I don't really know what else I'd want. Apart from a bodyguard or two.


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Re: How would you spend....say....400 trillion pounds?

Post by MarkyDMan on Sat Jul 30, 2011 8:37 pm

I actually think spending the money on building things in 3rd world countries is a bad idea. Hear me out before you call me harsh.

Surely, throwing money at something and hoping it goes away isn't the best way? I mean, once the social and health problems are sorted investment in new housing, cities and infrastructure is a great idea. But if we throw money at, say, Africa to buy plants, what will happen when that food runs out? I turn to the old Chinese proverb, "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime". I think the money would be better spent providing SERVICES, instead of just paying for things. If the money was spent to hire teachers, build schools and build the basic amneties we all come to expect, THEN we can think about paying Africa's pay out of poverty with public transport, cities and other things that seem frivolous when put into perspective with what is actually REQUIRED for us to survive.

We can worry about getting the Africans nice studio apartments in a huge metropolis later, first we need to actually educate the young and heal the sick. If we spent that money teaching the people how to farm and how to install irrigation systems, they wouldn't NEED our help later on, because they are sustained. If the money is spent on buying everyone a state-of-the-art combine harvester, it's a waste at that time because they won't have a clue how to use it. Once they learn how to operate the equipment, then we can pay for it.

It's the same with a city. There are so many jobs in the city required to keep it running, and most of them require a great deal of skill. If we built a city, down to the finest details, it would be a waste because after 20 or so years when the roads need resurfacing, the sewers need re-piping or the gas mains need replacing, there will be nobody in the city who can do it.

It's an imaginary situation, but I still think that it should be approached if it were our last few pounds, spent wisely in order to conserve money later.


Lol, charity rant Laughing

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Re: How would you spend....say....400 trillion pounds?

Post by Vektrix on Sat Jul 30, 2011 8:46 pm

Marky, management of money is a big issue everywhere, and we, rightly or wrongly, therefore assume those without cannot manage when they do. What they need is to learn how to use things (including money) efficiently.


What i would buy with that amount of money is:

- A House.

- A disused Airfield and develop it into both a usable airstrip and race track.

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Re: How would you spend....say....400 trillion pounds?

Post by Red-Indigo on Sat Jul 30, 2011 11:01 pm

MarkyDMan wrote:I actually think spending the money on building things in 3rd world countries is a bad idea. Hear me out before you call me harsh.

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Lol, charity rant Laughing

I agree. This sort of money is a huge amount and as it's been mentioned, would cause global economical shifts if used in certain ways.

If I did have this amount of money, I wouldn't go round building metropolis apartments for 'poor 3rd world' people. I'd go round building resources that they would use, such as fresh water pumps and so on, things to level the playing field a little. Although it sounds harsh, a lot of countires have come to rely on aid, not their fault as they are in some really horrible situations, but its the way things have happened.

For example, this guy came round to our college and was talking about his experience of charity work. He was building schools for villages so his charity could provide free lessons. They left one village for 6 months, with the materials to build the last of the huts. (They ran out of time or somthing) Upon the return, the materials were still there, exactly where they had left them. He put it down to two things, firstly that they were expecting them to return so they could have help with it and secondly, he realised it was his fault for never actually teaching the skills they needed to be confident in getting on with it.

In short, providing stuff is all very well, but using the money to 'elevate' people in line with other economies would just cause mayhem. I think providing a good standard is somthing to strive for, but it won't help 'develop' anything if its handed on a platter, not to mention it'd be infinitley hard to change some of the circumstances people are under, without changing climate or causing WW3.

I think having this sort of money would be more of a huge burden than a blessing. Not to mention all the trouble that would follow after whatever method you used to obtain it all Laughing


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Re: How would you spend....say....400 trillion pounds?

Post by Trick on Sun Jul 31, 2011 12:36 am

Mark, I'd go to a place such as Madagascar or Uganda before you go commenting on how we should treat Africans and what not. And of course they are lower in society than us. With such a huge amount of money you could actually do both the suggestions you made at once, rather than leaving Africa stranded while the people with better lives bask in already better services which are being improved. Also, my charity point was about services, so I don't know how this applies to me.

On second thoughts, I'd probably get rid of the entire lot of money and knuckle my way through life.
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Re: How would you spend....say....400 trillion pounds?

Post by MarkyDMan on Sun Jul 31, 2011 2:41 am

Trickatel wrote:...rather than leaving Africa stranded while the people with better lives bask in already better services which are being improved. Also, my charity point was about services, so I don't know how this applies to me.

I never said leave Africa stranded, I just said it would be a better idea to create sustainable communities before blowing megabucks on cities and comparatively meaningless things such as entertainment. Of course, once the area is no longer famine and disease stricken, there will be a place for funding urban developments.

Plus I never directed that point at you


EDIT: This:

MarkyDMan wrote: If the money was spent to hire teachers, build schools and build the basic amneties we all come to expect, THEN we can think about paying Africa's pay out of poverty with public transport, cities and other things that seem frivolous when put into perspective with what is actually REQUIRED for us to survive.


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Re: How would you spend....say....400 trillion pounds?

Post by Trick on Sun Jul 31, 2011 2:42 am

Glad we cleared that up.
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