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10 Things $1 Billion Could Buy You

It's amazing how far those zeroes can stretch.

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The Miami Marlins

There are only two Major League Baseball teams a billionaire could afford in 2018, according to Forbes: the Miami Marlins ($1 billion) or the Tampa Bay Rays ($900 million). Hope you like Florida!

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The Hannah Montana franchise

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 $1 billion dollars for the then-15-year-old starlet. You could get (close to) her status with these money-saving tips from self-made millionaires.

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Asia’s Live Reef Fish for Food Trade

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 $1 billion annually. Unfortunately, the Live Reef Fish for Food Trade is also behind the dwindling numbers of certain species.

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A private island

You could buy a private island for a lot less than $1 billion, but pour all your wealth into it, you might as well go big. Halls Pond Cay in the Bahamas is on sale and costs a cool $75 million.

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Balmoral Castle

Even a billionaire couldn’t afford Buckingham Palace (estimated to be worth more than $1.4 billion), but you could afford one of Queen Elizabeth II’s most famous private properties. Her Scottish estate is estimated around $140 million—just a drop in the bucket. Find out how much everyone in the British royal family is actually worth.

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New Orleans Pelicans

The only NBA team you’d be able to afford with $1 billion is the New Orleans Pelicans, according to Forbes. Find out which college major is most likely to make you a billionaire.

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A plane

Private jets are for schmucks. With $1 billion, you could have your pick of Airbus commercial planes, worth anywhere from $77.4 million to $445.6 million. Might as well buy a few.

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The most expensive car in the world

A 1963 Ferrari GTO sold for $70 million earlier this year in what experts believe was the highest price tag on a car in history. Only 36 of that model were ever made, but with $1 billion, you could afford a few in your garage. Get a billionaire’s lifestyle by avoiding these 19 things rich people never, ever do.

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The White House

You’d only be handing over half of that wad of cash, according to real estate listings firm Zillow. White House property: $398 million. The chance to be president: priceless. You should also check out how 10 billionaires really define success.

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A family vacation to space

For $50 million a pop, you could and your family could spend a week and a half at the International Space Station. Just be prepared to answer “Are we there yet?”—it takes two days of travel just to get there. But having a ton of money doesn’t mean you need to throw it at something crazy. These are 13 things rich people never waste money on.

Originally Published in Reader's Digest