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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.