10 Great Things You Can Buy for $100 Million

© 2012 by Aurelio Locsin.

Only the upper echelon of business tycoons, high-tech geniuses, entertainment and sports stars, and national lottery winners can lay their hands on $100 million. But if you’re one of them, you’ll appreciate this list of what you can buy for the money. Interestingly enough, as high as this amount is, it barely makes a dent in the budgets of many states and large cities.

$100 million dollar mansion
$100 million dollar mansion
Portrait of the Artist without Beard by Vincent Van Gogh
Portrait of the Artist without Beard by Vincent Van Gogh
Airbus A320neo
Airbus A320neo
Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man at Universal Studios Orlando
Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man at Universal Studios Orlando
World of Warcraft MMORPG
World of Warcraft MMORPG
Leonardo DiCaprio
Leonardo DiCaprio
Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie
Sarah Jessica Parker
Sarah Jessica Parker
  1. 25,000-Square-Foot Mansion ($100 million): Located in Los Altos, California, this French-chateau style estate boasts five bedrooms and nine bathrooms on 11 acres. It features indoor and outdoor pools, spa, gym, ballroom, home theater and car wash. The hillside location offers superb views of San Francisco Bay. The house was recently bought by a Russian CEO who has no intention of living in it. So maybe you can snag it for a deal.
  2. Portrait de L’Artiste sans Barbe (Portrait of the Artist without Beard) by Vincent Van Gogh: ($98.5 million) Though originally auctioned off for $71.5 million in 1998 by Christie’s, New York, this 1889 impressionist painting is estimated to have an adjusted 2011 price tag of $98.5 million. It is considered the most expensive of the artist’s recently auctioned paintings.
  3. Airbus A320neo ($96.7 million): This variant of the popular A320 series seats from 150 to 180 passengers and cruises at an average 511 mph at 36,000 feet. Its new engine option (neo) adds 500 nautical miles to total range. This allows the 2,704-mile flight from Boston to San Francisco even against the strong headwinds of winter.
  4. High-Tech Roller Coaster ($105 million): You won’t need a lot of space if you build a 3-D simulator ride like the Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. Though your coaster car bucks and rolls, the scenery around you also moves, putting you in the middle of the action, without needing long tracks or tall loops. And if you tire of the current offering, you can always reprogram your ride to something new.
  5. 28 Commercial Wind Turbines ($98 million): If you’ve ever wanted to live off the grid, then a commercial wind turbine can supply 2.5 megawatts of power at $3.5 million each, according to Windustry. Using 28 of them can produce enough energy to power between 16,000 to 21,000 homes cleanly for about a year. This will make you popular in your neighborhood.
  6. Home Shopping Network Jewelry Sold in One Year ($100 million): The Home Shopping Network, more formally known as HSN Inc, sold $100 million dollars worth of watches and jewelry in 2010. This is according to National Jeweler. The current prices of its goods range from $9.90 for a Sonoma Studios Pink Honeysuckle Agate 7-inch Stretch Bracelet to $4,000 for a Chaco Canyon Southwest Multigemstone Zuni Necklace and Earrings Set.
  7. Annual Expenditures for Palau ($99.5 million): The Republic of Palau is located in the Pacific Ocean and has a population of about 21,000. Primary industries include tourism, craft items, construction and garment making. For 2008, which is the latest year when figures are available, its expenditures were $99.5 million against revenues of $115 million, which netted a surplus. (This is according to the CIA World Factbook.) Maybe Palau can send some of its budget experts to the U.S. government for consultation.
  8. Four-Lane Interstate Highway ($100 million): A four-lane divided urban interstate runs about $7.5 million per mile.according to the Florida Department of Transportation. This includes closed 22-foot median with barriers walls and 10-foot shoulders inside and out. So spending $100 million buys about 13.3 miles of highway
  9. Annual Salaries for the Two Highest-Paid Hollywood Actors ($102 million). Though the names change from year-to-year, the amounts remain the same or go higher. For men, Leonardo DiCaprio earned $72 million in 2010 according to Forbes. His films that year were Inception and Shutter Island. You could pair him up with either Angelina Jolie or Sarah Jessica Parker, who each earned $30 million. Angelina’s films for the year included Salt, Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special and The Tourist. Sarah’s efforts consisted of Sex and the City 2.
  10. MMORPG ($100 million): If you’ve ever wanted to create a virtual world where adventures were tailored to your specifications, then the money develops your own Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game. At least that’s what a game like World of Warcraft costs according to the Wall Street Journal. You and 12 million of your closest friends can sign on from anywhere in the world to live alternate lives with your avatars. As a bonus, you’re likely to earn close to a billion dollars a year in earnings from your investment.

What are you going to buy for $100 Million

  • 25,000-square-foot mansion
  • Portrait de L'Artiste sans Barbe
  • Airbus A320NEO
  • High-tech roller coaster
  • 28 commercial wind turbines
  • HSN jewelry sold in one year
  • Annual expenditrue for Palau
  • Four-lane interstate highway
  • Annual salaries for the two highest-paid Hollywood actors
  • MMORPG
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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

If I ever win the lottery, I am going to consult you. I would take the mansion and put a roller coaster in the back yard. Then, I would satisfy my shoe fetish and have one room for boots and another for shoes. I always say that if I got rich, I would never use a razor more than once. That would be wealth to me. Great article!


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thesingernurse 4 years ago from Rizal, Philippines

I would definitely have the wind turbines. The Philippines is in desperate need of decent and cheaper sources of energy... Something I could share with our fellowmen.


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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

Your hub actually made me think of something interesting...possibly another hub topic, maybe, but do you think $100 million would help to "buy out" the poverty in various countries? Just a wondering I had. Great hub, though. Voted up and pressed some other buttons. :)


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Dawn Conklin 4 years ago from New Jersey, USA

I wouldn't buy any of these things I don't think but the idea of the game MMORPG is probably what I would pick out of this list. I really don't get into games like World of Warcraft but on the other hand, it would be the best investment as you could grow your income with it. A mansion of that price would probably be hard to sell and not go up in value, jewelry won't really go up in value and I am not sure about the picture.


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

I forgot to add #11, take the author to a really expensive lunch. Thanks for stopping by.


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rasta1 4 years ago from Jamaica

interesting, I do programming, mmoprpg is a must.


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macquelinedc 4 years ago from Philippines

I will definitely take the Airbus. Have my very own ride to go anywhere in the world. It's nice to daydream in this rainy weather. Salamat sa pag welcome sa akin dito sa Hub Pages! :)


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

When I win the lotto and get all this money, I am going to buy a yacht, a huge one not a small thing, buy a mansion by the sea and stick a rollercoaster in the back garden! oh I wish! lol!


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vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

When I first glanced at the photos, I thought I could buy Leonardo DiCaprio! Then I read your hub and I realized I could pay him to act in a movie. sigh. So what's second best? I might say Van Gogh, but without a mansion that would be a waste, so I guess we come down to the mansion. It's fun to dream! Voted up and shared.


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Millionaire Tips 3 years ago from USA

I like the mansion but it only has five bedrooms, so I will get the MMORPG. With those earnings, I can buy the rest! I wouldn't have thought of buying a highway, but it could become quite valuable in a crisis!


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ishwaryaa22 3 years ago from Chennai, India

A well-written hub packed with engaging information! I chose the mansion in your poll. Many people dream of becoming very rich but they should remember that all the money in the world does not bring happiness! Well-done!

Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Interesting. Voted up


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Jacobb9205 19 months ago from Gloucestershire

Wow great list! I would spend 100 million on creating my own MMORPG because if it's successful you will earn loads more

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