A quarter billion dollars is a large sum of money. It is more than most people will see in their lifetime. This amount of money could buy an extravagant lifestyle or it could just give you the means to get by comfortably.
What Is a Quarter Billion Dollars?
The word “billion” can be hard to understand. One billion is 1,000 million. If you stacked one billion $1 bills, it would take up four square miles. It is also very heavy, weighing 10 tons.
Fortunately, we don’t have to raid our piggy banks to experience the thrill of a billion dollars. But how much does it really mean?
One billion pennies, if stacked, would reach 870 miles high. That’s about the distance of two thirds of the circumference of Mercury.
One billion dollars is enough to buy a few professional sports teams, or a couple of pricey paintings. But it might not be enough to buy Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi, which sold for $450.3 million. And, it is more than enough to provide a year’s worth of cancer research or to fund the maintenance of Africa’s entire rail system.