10 Great Things You Can Buy for $10 Million: You Know You Want Them

© 2012 by Aurelio Locsin.

Amassing $10 million is easy if you sell your tech company IPO shares, buy and sell classic cars or win the lottery. If you need advice on where to spend your windfall, check out these options, listed in no particular order.

Vacation Home in Thailand
Vacation Home in Thailand
Diamond Anniversary Chandelier
Diamond Anniversary Chandelier
Three-Masted Schooner
Three-Masted Schooner
Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham
Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham
Tyra Banks and the Heavenly '70' Bra
Tyra Banks and the Heavenly '70' Bra
  1. Vacation Home in Thailand ($10 million): This six-bedroom, 31,000-square-foot holiday home perched on a hill on a private island. It boasts a pool, spa, gym and electric golf-cart for the two-minute drive to the beach. For an additional price, you have the option to add separate bedrooms for the servants required to keep up such luxury.
  2. Diamond Anniversary Chandelier ($10 million): Designed by Hearts On Fire, this massive light show decorated the Green Room of the 2008 Emmy Awards, which celebrated its 60th (Diamond) Anniversary. It features about 3,300 diamonds weighing more than 1,000 carats.
  3. Three-Masted Schooner ($10.1 million): This new 190-foot long modern schooner, designed by Pavel Shaposhnikov, recalls the Golden Age of Sail with its multiple masts. But it also sports an engine so you can get underway even without the wind. The interior will be customized to you but includes an integrated computer-based entertainment and automation system.
  4. Broadway Production ($10 million): The average cost of a Broadway musical is now $10 million However, some, such as The Lion King, may run as much as $20 million. Ten years ago, a musical cost only $1 million.
  5. Annual Budget for the University of Utah College Football Team ($9.9 million): Despite the $10 million dollar price tag, the Utah Utes’ budget is actually one of the two lowest in the Pac-10, which is the schools league. With only nine wins in the 2009 season, the school’s victories costs about $1.1 million each. Compare this to the $6.85 million budget for Boise State, with 13 wins at only $527,000 each.
  6. 100 Seconds of Super Bowl Advertising ($3 million per 30 seconds): If you want to enrich your college team’s coffers, advertising it on the Super Bowl can offer maximum bang for the buck. This was the cost to screen a network for the 2011 Super Bowl, not counting production costs. But advertisers are guaranteed about 100 million viewers with residual media attention on the commercials. Prices are likely to go up.
  7. Low-Power TV Station in New York City ($10 million). You can also reap your Super Bowl bonanza by broadcasting it on your own 3.5-kiloWatt TV station. One example is WPXO-LP in East Orange New Jersey. It offers Spanish-language programming from CaribeVision to the New York City area, which is considered the top television market. Low-power stations in smaller markets can be had for over a million.
  8. Senatorial Campaign for Missouri ($10.3 to $12.09 million): The 2010 elections for Missouri senator showed the typical amounts needed to run for a U.S. Senate seat in a small state. The losing candidate, Democrat Robin Carnahan, spent $10.3 million and garnered 41 percent of the votes. The winning candidate, Republican Roy Blunt, spend $12.09 million and got 54 percent of the vote.
  9. Hawthorne Suites by Wyndham Franchise ($208 thousand to $10.5 million): If you want a return on your spending, start up a hotel such as Hawthorne Suites. Costs vary considerably by location but include construction, inventory, equipment and franchise fees. Aside from the rooms, you’ll need to plan for a buffet area for the complimentary breakfast, exercise facilities and on-site laundry. Yearly franchise fees run $40,000 plus 5 percent in royalties.
  10. Heavenly ‘70’ Bra ($10 million): Supermodel Tyra Banks revealed this one-of-a-kind Victoria’s Secret creation in the company’s 2004 annual fashion show. The garment features 3,000 diamonds and has a 70-carat diamond as its centerpiece. For 2011, the company showcased the more modest gem-studded Fantasy Treasure Bra, which was modeled by Miranda Kerr and cost only $2.5 million.

If you’ve got a little less to spend, check out 10 Great Things You Can Buy for A Million Dollars: Go Ahead and Dream.

What are your going to buy with your $10 million?

  • Vacation home in Thailand
  • Diamond Anniversary chandelier
  • Three-masted schooner
  • Broadway production
  • Annual budget for University of Utah football team
  • 100 seconds of Super Bowl advertising
  • Low-power TV station in New York City
  • Senatorial campaign for Missouri
  • Hawthorne Suites by Wyndham franchise
  • Heavenly '70' bra
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mjwilliamson 4 years ago from Right Here

All good information! I think I'm going to go with the diamond chandelier.


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ThoughtSandwiches 4 years ago from Reno, Nevada

Hi alocsin...

I have chosen the three-masted schooner, thank you. As the listed price is $10.1 Million...can I borrow $100,000. I'm good for it...

Great List!

Thomas


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

Sorry ThoughSandwiches, I just lent the money to another hubber who bought the same thing.


Arlene V. Poma 4 years ago

#5. Who cares if they don't win? I can find things to do with the team . . .


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Brett.Tesol 4 years ago from Somewhere in Asia

After just writing about Thai beaches, to see the house at number 1 made me laugh! However, although I love Thailand, I would definitely opt for the worldwide freedom of a three-masted schooner.

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Theocharis V 4 years ago from Piraeus, Greece

Dear ThoughtSandwiches, I am sorry, but I am the hubber who borrowed the money from alocsin. Very sorry. I can lend you half with 15% interest though. :) haha. Good hub alocsin. Thanks for SHARING


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dinkan53 4 years ago from India

If I got that 10million$, I would have spend 2.5M$ for a house, for 2.5M$ a supermarket and the other 5M$ in a bank for fixed deposit and live a happily life. Anyway thanks for the list. I like your choice of vacation home in Thailand. Voted up and interesting.


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stephaniedas 4 years ago from Miami, US

It was between the vacation home in thailand and the schooner, but I figure the schooner is just a really fancy mobile vacation, so I'm going for that. Just a few more hubs...


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Just for fun...the home in Thailand. Now if if REALLY won that kind of money...I would do none of the above. I would invest it; set up a charitable foundation to give money away and take some vacations. I CERTAINLY would not spend it on a bra! Haha! Voted funny and interesting. It is fun to dream sometimes!

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