Money Research

Here’s What A Billion Dollars Looks Like In Cash (And How Much It Weighs)

September 12, 2020 by

Have you ever seen movie scenes where the villain takes out a million dollars in cash? It’s usually a suitcase packed with money. Actually, it’s a little inconsistent. Some movies will have a single briefcase. Some movies will have 10 of them.

There is a lot of inaccuracy of what amounts of cash looks like in real life.

Here’s a real life representation of what a million dollars, billion dollars, and even a trillion dollars looks like created by PageTutor.


Let’s start with the $100 bill. Small enough to fit in your pocket, light enough to forget that it’s even there.


A stack of $100 bills making up $10,000 would only be about an inch thick. That’s small enough to fit in your pocket.


Probably the most surprising image is the one of a million dollars. Most people assume that a million dollars in cash would fill up a large room. In reality, it’s enough to fit in a medium-sized backpack.

How much does a million dollars weight?
When weighed in $100 bills, a million dollars weighs approximately 10 kilograms.


A hundred million dollars – now we’re getting to the big volumes. A hundred million dollars would have to be carried around in a crate. Still, if you wanted to, you could hide it in a large closet in your house.

A Billion Dollars

Take the previous crate of $100,000,000 and times it by 10!

I guess you could still hide the money in your house. You would just need a really large room, and it’d be easy to find.

How much does a billion dollars weight?
When weighed in $100 bills, a billion dollars weighs approximately 10,000 kilograms.

A Trillion Dollars

Unless you own a factory, you can no longer hide the money in your house. $1,000,000,000,000 is 100 rows of crates of $100,000,000.

How much does a trillion dollars weight?
When weighed in $100 bills, a trillion dollars weighs approximately 1 billion kilograms.

Here’s an aerial view.

While a million dollars sure seemed smaller than what most people imagined, a trillion dollars in cash is truly mindboggling.