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

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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 money look like in real life.

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

$100

The Average Household Income in the...
The Average Household Income in the United States

Let's start with the $100 bill. One hundred dollars is small enough to fit in your pocket, light enough to forget that it's even there.

What can you buy with a $100 bill?

A $100 bill is enough to cover just about anything that comes to mind in this country. A pack of gum, a few gallons of gas, or a cup of coffee at Starbucks. A $100 bill is enough to pay for groceries, clothing, toys at Amazon, a car payment, or rent.

A $100 bill is more than enough to get you started in the business. You can start a business with $100 and hire yourself out as an independent contractor or subcontractor for other businesses. The possibilities are endless!

Around the world, the value is even higher. A $100 bill is enough to send a child to school or to purchase something on the stock market.

$1,000

1000 dollars

A thousand dollars is a lot of money. It can buy you a few decent meals, a nice room at a nice hotel for days, or a bus ticket to another city. But it is not a lot of money to hide. You can easily hide a thousand dollars in your pocket.

Honestly, $1,000 is a pretty big number for most people. And it is a lot of money to steal. You can pay off your student loan or even buy a house with it. In other countries, $1,000 is a good chunk of money.

$10,000

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.

$1,000,000

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.

$100,000,000

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 ($1,000,000,000)

One thousand million dollars is a nice round number. We can make a lot of big money and still have a lot leftover. This is where the millionaire starts. At $1,000,000,000 you could build a decent-sized house, have a good life and still have money left over.

To hide one thousand million dollars in your home, you would have to build a small fort and put it in a small room.

What do a billion dollars look like? Take the previous crate of $100,000,000 and times it by 10!

I guess you could still hide the dollar bills 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, 1 billion dollars weighs approximately 10,000 kilograms.

Imagine all the billionaires and billionaires' kids, who have all been born into wealth and privilege, while you can't even touch the tiniest fraction of that amount.

Bill Gates' net worth is currently estimated at $127 billion. His fortune was first made by selling a computer program to IBM in 1975. He co-founded Microsoft in 1975, with Paul Allen. In 1981, he stepped down as CEO and became chairman of the board. He continues to be the largest individual shareholder in Microsoft, with a 4.88% stake as of 2014.

In 2006, Bill Gates was ranked the wealthiest person in the world. With an estimated net worth of $127 billion, it comes as no surprise. He was ranked number one on Forbes' 2009 list of The World's Most Powerful People.

A Trillion Dollars

Unless you live in a giant warehouse, you can no longer hide the money in your house. $1,000,000,000,000 is 100 rows of crates of $100,000,000. Phew, that’s a lot of zeroes, right?

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

Here's an aerial view.

How Much Money do You Need to be Considered Rich?

If you’re reading this, you’re probably a young adult. You may be thinking about your future and the things you want to do with your life. The problem is that the average starting salary for an entry-level job is only $37,500 per year.

Even if you land a job that pays more than this, you’ll likely still have to pay for food, housing, transportation, and other necessities.

To put it another way, even if you get a $40,000-per-year job and start making money at an age when most people are still in school or in their first jobs, you won’t be considered rich until you earn at least $100,000 per year.

What Jobs Give You $100,000 A Year?

The good news is that you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to make a lot of money. There are plenty of jobs that pay well and don’t require a college degree. The problem is that most people don’t know how to find these jobs.

The average person is taught to think in terms of college degrees and fancy business degrees. Most people don’t realize that there are many other ways to make a lot of money.

Here are a few examples of careers that can earn you $100,000 or more per year:

1. Software Engineer

2. Doctor

3. Chemical Engineer

4. Business Owner

5. Real Estate Broker

6. Air Traffic Controller

7. Virtual Assistant

8. Commercial Pilots

9. Computer Programmer

10. Writer

11. Lawyer

There are other jobs that pay well, but you have to work hard to find them. In some cases, you may need to do a lot of research and be creative in order to find them. The point is that there are many different ways to make a lot of money, and most people aren’t aware of them.

Is Getting Rich Worth It, Though?

Getting rich is great, but what is the point of all this? If you’re getting paid well and living a comfortable life, then why do you need to be rich?

The truth is that there are many things that money can buy. You can get more money if you want to spend it on different things.

For example, people spend lots of money on their homes. This includes houses, condos, and apartments. People spend lots of money on their cars as well. In fact, the average American spends more than $6,000 per year on car expenses alone.

Other people choose to spend money on vacations and other experiences as well. There are many things that you can buy with your hard-earned cash. The problem is that most people don’t think about what they can buy with all of this money until they get rich. Once they make enough money to live comfortably without working for it, they start spending their newfound wealth in ways that are frivolous and unnecessary at best and destructive at worst.

How to Make Sure Your Money Is Well-Spent?

If you want to be sure that your money is well-spent, then you need to think about what you can buy with it. When you’re young, you may think that the things that people spend money on are a waste of time. As you get older, though, it’s likely that your tastes will change.

You may start spending money on things that are more valuable to you in the long run. This means that you need to have a plan for how to spend your money in the future. The only way to do this is by thinking about what kinds of things are valuable to you and then working hard at saving up for them.

You can learn a lot about what you value by looking at the things that you buy. If you buy things that are inexpensive and aren’t valuable to you, then you’re probably wasting your money.

On the other hand, if you buy things that are expensive and are valuable to you, then it’s likely that your money is being well-spent.

Here are some examples of things that people can spend money on wisely:

1. Homeownership

2. Automobiles

3. Vacations

4. Medical Care and Insurance

5. Education

6. Retirement Insurance

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

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