The author enjoys dreaming about what he can do with tons of money.
What Would You Do With $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 (or if you're just curious), you’ll appreciate this list of what you can buy for that amount of 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, a 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 of 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, and 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.
© 2012 Aurelio Locsin
dumb person on June 08, 2020:
hey can you buy more money.......
Vodka lover on January 16, 2020:
I would spend it on vodkas.eveyone knows it’s the best time of the year
Viggo on November 17, 2019:
I would give it to my dog.
Woody on October 06, 2019:
Id not do any of those things listed because its all horse shit id spend my money on liquor n loose women!!! N die a shit load happier than anyone else thats commented on here! R.I.P HEFF (LMFAO)
Daniel Drummond on September 09, 2019:
Im gonna buy yo mumma for 100million
B. Obamba on August 14, 2019:
I would put an end to the misinformation that media consistently puts out. I would educate people that think they know what they are talking about but have no grasp on reality.
By doing this it hopefully open the eyes of people on both the far right, and far left of politics so we can work together and understand each other. Otherwise American values and the way of life that good people wait, and lawfully immigrate to this country for will be destroyed.
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on March 26, 2019:
I voted for the wind turbines thinking of all the people that could help from the choices you listed. It would be amazing what could be done with $100 million dollars when it comes to helping people who need it. I can think of many other things like feeding the hungry, digging wells for potable water, etc., etc.
Jacobb9205 on February 16, 2015:
Wow great list! I would spend 100 million on creating my own MMORPG because if it's successful you will earn loads more
Ishwaryaa Dhandapani from Chennai, India on June 15, 2013:
A well-written hub packed with engaging information! I chose the mansion in your poll. Many people dream of becoming very rich but they should remember that all the money in the world does not bring happiness! Well-done!
Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Interesting. Voted up
Shasta Matova from USA on October 09, 2012:
I like the mansion but it only has five bedrooms, so I will get the MMORPG. With those earnings, I can buy the rest! I wouldn't have thought of buying a highway, but it could become quite valuable in a crisis!
Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on August 05, 2012:
When I first glanced at the photos, I thought I could buy Leonardo DiCaprio! Then I read your hub and I realized I could pay him to act in a movie. sigh. So what's second best? I might say Van Gogh, but without a mansion that would be a waste, so I guess we come down to the mansion. It's fun to dream! Voted up and shared.
Nell Rose from England on June 13, 2012:
When I win the lotto and get all this money, I am going to buy a yacht, a huge one not a small thing, buy a mansion by the sea and stick a rollercoaster in the back garden! oh I wish! lol!
macquelinedc from Philippines on January 27, 2012:
I will definitely take the Airbus. Have my very own ride to go anywhere in the world. It's nice to daydream in this rainy weather. Salamat sa pag welcome sa akin dito sa Hub Pages! :)
Marvin Parke from Jamaica on January 26, 2012:
interesting, I do programming, mmoprpg is a must.
Aurelio Locsin (author) from Orange County, CA on January 26, 2012:
I forgot to add #11, take the author to a really expensive lunch. Thanks for stopping by.
Dawn Conklin from New Jersey, USA on January 26, 2012:
I wouldn't buy any of these things I don't think but the idea of the game MMORPG is probably what I would pick out of this list. I really don't get into games like World of Warcraft but on the other hand, it would be the best investment as you could grow your income with it. A mansion of that price would probably be hard to sell and not go up in value, jewelry won't really go up in value and I am not sure about the picture.
Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on January 26, 2012:
Your hub actually made me think of something interesting...possibly another hub topic, maybe, but do you think $100 million would help to "buy out" the poverty in various countries? Just a wondering I had. Great hub, though. Voted up and pressed some other buttons. :)
Tina Siuagan from Rizal, Philippines on January 26, 2012:
I would definitely have the wind turbines. The Philippines is in desperate need of decent and cheaper sources of energy... Something I could share with our fellowmen.
Tammy from North Carolina on January 26, 2012:
If I ever win the lottery, I am going to consult you. I would take the mansion and put a roller coaster in the back yard. Then, I would satisfy my shoe fetish and have one room for boots and another for shoes. I always say that if I got rich, I would never use a razor more than once. That would be wealth to me. Great article!