What Can a Billion Dollars Buy You?

It's amazing how far those zeroes can stretch.

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The Chicago Cubs. Price Tag: $1 Billion

The Chicago Cubs. Price Tag: $1 BillionMark Lyons/Getty Images
The fourth-most valuable franchise in baseball could be yours: As of March 2013, Forbes calculated the Chicago team's value to be $1 billion.

Hulu. Price Tag: Starting at $1 Billion

Hulu. Price Tag: Starting at $1 BillionBrad Barket/Getty Images for Hulu
Although Hulu reconsidered its decision to sell in July, a host of bidders were willing to pay up to $1 billion for the streaming video service. 

Solo Cup Co. Price Tag: $1 Billion

Solo Cup Co. Price Tag: $1 BillioniStockphoto/Thinkstock
Solo Cup Co. was bought for one billion by the Dart Container Corporation in March 2012. Although Solo does make other disposable food products, the company's iconic red cup was the star of the sale.

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All the Bitcoins. Price Tag: $1 Billion

All the Bitcoins. Price Tag: $1 BillionGeorge Frey/Getty Images
While questions persist about Bitcoin (here's our helpful explanation), a recent and sudden surge in the virtual currency's popularity boosted the exchange rate per individual unit from $32 to over $92. This raised the collective worth of the eleven million Bitcoins in circulation to a cool billion.

Restore the Gulf of Mexico. Price Tag: $1 Billion Minimum

Restore the Gulf of Mexico. Price Tag: $1 Billion MinimumSean Gardner/Getty Images
As part of its legally mandated reparations in the wake of 2010's devastating Deepwater Horizon oil spill, BP made an initial payment of one billion dollars to the Gulf Coast states to finance coastal restoration efforts. However, even the ten-figure donation was merely a drop in the bucket; three years after the spill, the National Wildlife Federation warns the cleanup is far from over.

The Hannah Montana Franchise. Price Tag: $1 Billion

The Hannah Montana Franchise. Price Tag: $1 Billion Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images
Power up the time machine: In 2008, you could have bought Miley Cyrus. The wildly popular Hannah Montana franchise, including its TV series, concert tour, 3D movie, and merchandise, raked in an estimated one billion dollars for the then 15-year-old starlet.

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Asia's Live Reef Fish Trade. Price Tag: $1 Billion

Asia's Live Reef Fish Trade. Price Tag: $1 BillioniStockphoto/Thinkstock
The live-food fish trade is booming in Hong Kong and mainland China, where the (literal) appetite for exotic reef fish is so strong the market brings in an estimated one billion annually.


The Antilia. Price Tag: Starting at $1 Billion

The Antilia. Price Tag: Starting at $1 Billion
It's only the world's most expensive home: Antilia, in Mumbai, India, is a 27-story, 570-feet tall mansion built by one of the world's richest men and rumored to require 600 staffers to maintain it. The building is nearly a neighborhood unto itself, with a ballroom, temple, health center, movie theater, terraced gardens, and multiple car lots and helipads.

Real Madrid Island Resort. Price Tag: $1 Billion

Real Madrid Island Resort. Price Tag: $1 BillionReal Madrid C.F./YouTube
Real Madrid's planned billion-dollar luxury resort will be built on an artificial island in the United Arab Emirates. Along with opulent accommodations, a yacht club, and an amusement park, other attractions for the club's devoted fans will include a team museum and a 10,000-seat stadium on the sea.

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One thought on “What Can a Billion Dollars Buy You?

  1. How about a president or a Congress? No wait, that’s been done already. Nevermind.

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