10 Great Things You Can Buy for $100 Million
Only the upper echelon of business tycoons, high-tech geniuses, entertainment, and sports stars, and national lottery winners can lay their hands on $100 million. But if you’re one of them, you’ll appreciate this list of what you can buy for the money. Interestingly enough, as high as this amount is, it barely makes a dent in the budgets of many states and large cities.
1. 25,000-Square-Foot Mansion ($100 million)
Located in Los Altos, California, this French-chateau style estate boasts five bedrooms and nine bathrooms on 11 acres. It features indoor and outdoor pools, spa, gym, ballroom, home theater, and car wash. The hillside location offers superb views of San Francisco Bay. The house was recently bought by a Russian CEO who has no intention of living in it. So maybe you can snag it for a deal.
2. "Portrait de L’Artiste Sans Barbe" ("Portrait of the Artist without Beard") by Vincent Van Gogh: ($98.5 million)
Though originally auctioned off for $71.5 million in 1998 by Christie’s, New York, this 1889 impressionist painting is estimated to have an adjusted 2011 price tag of $98.5 million. It is considered the most expensive of the artist’s recently auctioned paintings.
3. Airbus A320neo ($96.7 million)
This variant of the popular A320 series seats from 150 to 180 passengers and cruises at an average 511 mph at 36,000 feet. Its new engine option (neo) adds 500 nautical miles to the total range. It can make the 2,704-mile flight from Boston to San Francisco even against the strong headwinds of winter.
4. High-Tech Roller Coaster ($105 million)
You won’t need a lot of space if you build a 3-D simulator ride like the Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. Though your coaster car bucks and rolls, the scenery around you also moves, putting you in the middle of the action, without needing long tracks or tall loops. And if you tire of the current offering, you can always reprogram your ride to something new.
5. 28 Commercial Wind Turbines ($98 million)
If you’ve ever wanted to live off the grid, then a commercial wind turbine can supply 2.5 megawatts of power at $3.5 million each, according to Windustry. Using 28 of them can produce enough energy to power between 16,000 to 21,000 homes cleanly for about a year. This will make you popular in your neighborhood.
6. Indian Wedding ($100 million)
When money is no object, you can easily spend $100 million on a wedding, which is what India's richest man, Mukesh Ambani, spent on the celebration for his daughter, Isha, who married Anand Piramal in December 2018. The week-long extravagance included a private concert by Beyoncé, a bazaar showcasing the work of local artisans, a food donation to the city of Udaipur for feeding 5,100 people three meals a day for four days, accommodations at five five-star hotels, and over 100 chartered flights for flying in guests. Dad is saving a bit of money by holding the main ceremony at his palatial 27-story home, Antilla, in Mumbai.
7. Annual Expenditures for Palau ($99.5 million)
The Republic of Palau is located in the Pacific Ocean and has a population of about 21,000. Primary industries include tourism, craft items, construction and garment making. For 2008, which is the latest year when figures are available, its expenditures were $99.5 million against revenues of $115 million, which netted a surplus. (This is according to the CIA World Factbook.) Maybe Palau can send some of its budget experts to the U.S. government for consultation.
8. 13 Miles of Interstate Highway ($100 million)
A four-lane divided urban interstate runs about $7.5 million per mile.according to the Florida Department of Transportation. This includes a closed 22-foot median with barrier walls and 10-foot shoulders inside and out. So spending $100 million buys about 13.3 miles of highway.
9. A Year's Worth of the Two Highest-Paid Hollywood Actors ($94 million)
Though the names change from year-to-year, the amounts remain the same or go higher, according to CNBC. Among male actors, Mark Wahlberg earned $68 million between June 2016 and June 2017. Other top earners on the men's side include Dwayne Johnson at $65 million, Vin Diesel at $54.5 million, and Adam Sandler at $50.5 million.
You could pair Wahlberg up with Emma Stone at $26 million, Jennifer Aniston at $25.5 million, Jennifer Lawrence at $24 million, or Melissa McCarthy at $18 million. As shown here, men far out-earn women in Hollywood.
10. Your Private MMORPG ($100 million)
If you’ve ever wanted to create a virtual world where adventures were tailored to your specifications, then the money develops your own Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game. At least that’s what a game like World of Warcraft costs according to the Wall Street Journal. You and 12 million of your closest friends can sign on from anywhere in the world to live alternate lives with your avatars. As a bonus, you’re likely to earn close to a billion dollars a year in earnings from your investment.
What are you going to buy for $100 Million?
© 2012 Aurelio Locsin