Imagine waking up as Jeff Bezos, and venturing through the day with billions in your bank account. New decisions would rule the morning — instead of working from your apartment, you could buy a private jet for $1.2 million, fly it to your new mansion that's worth $30 million, and still have enough money left over to end world hunger.
Well, there's a game that lets you live out that fantasy. Reddit user Paul McBurney Jr. created a website that shows the total net worth of some of the world's most well-known billionaires — providing a broader perspective of the global economy.
Jeff Bezos, for example, is worth $185.8 billion, as of Q1 2021.
As of the time of writing, the website includes Jeff Bezos, Warren Buffet, Mark Zuckerberg, Mike Bloomberg, Donald Trump, and even the Federal Government. Elon Musk hasn't joined the ranks of virtual billionaires whose money is now optioned for public fantasy expenditure – despite being the second-richest person on the planet. Depending on the situation, hours could pass trying to bring those 10-digit bank accounts down to a more familiar zero.
While the accuracy of some of the prices used is questionable, the site's coder estimates that a user could end world hunger 120 consecutive times and still have enough money to buy three pizzas per day for a lifetime.
Things Jeff Bezos could buy with his billions
These options are intriguing – who wouldn't want to end world hunger in flash? Or buy their very own Falcon 9 rocket? But beyond the 34 options suggested on the website, there are seemingly infinite possibilities for spending Bezos' billions. As we have mentioned, ending world hunger, ensuring access to clean water, and ending homelessness are all doable with his budget.
But let's explore some of the less practical options for a spending spree. With his billions Jeff Bezos could buy the following:
1. 2,600 copies of the "Everydays: The First 5000 Days" NFT
"Everydays: The First 5000 Days" is a work by digital artist Mike Winkelmann, that recently sold for $69 million. It's the first purely digital non-fungible token-based artwork ever offered by a major auction house. Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are purely digital assets whose ownership is stored on the blockchain.
2. 64 friends for the Mars rovers
The Mars Perseverance Rover is the latest craft to reach the Red Planet. The mission is expected to cost a total of $2.9 billion (accounting for inflation) according to estimates by The Planetary Society.
Perseverance isn't the only rover currently "alive" on the red planet. Opportunity sits dead after 15 years on Mars, but Curiosity is still hard at work after landing on in the Gale Crater in 2012.
3. 23,225 doomsday bunkers
Apparently, New Zealand is the place to go when the world is ending. As Bloomberg reports, Silicon Valley moguls are spending millions on doomsday bunkers and having them shipped to New Zealand.
One of the suppliers, Gary Lynch of Rising S Co., offers a model that costs about $8 million and is buried 3.3 meters (11 feet) underground, making it safe from a nuclear blast.
The model, called "The Aristocrat" is part of their Luxury Series and has everything Bezos could ever want during the apocalypse.
Oh, and it comfortably sleeps about 50 people. He could customize it with game rooms, a sauna, a bowling alley, a gun range, and a swimming pool – all complete with bullet-resistant doors and air filtration systems complete with blast valves.
4. 14,544 Years of Sleepovers on the ISS
Jeff Bezos doesn't need any help getting to space. As the founder of Blue Origin, could (in theory) use his New Shepard suborbital vehicle to get to the ISS. Of course, it still hasn't taken a payload into orbit, let alone a human being.
Once Bezos gets out of Earth's atmosphere, he needs a place to stay. What better spot than the international space station? NASA recently announced that private citizens will soon have the opportunity to stay on the ISS for about $35,000 per night.
Currently, NASA says they'll only allow up to two private trips to the ISS each year, with each lasting up to a month. But money talks. And Bezos might be able to convince them he deserves a late checkout.