Bill Gates is one of the most famous rich people currently alive. Though it’s common knowledge that the man is rich, just how rich is he? And beyond that, how can we comprehend just how much money that is? Well, we’ve got the answers. Below, we describe the net worth of Bill Gates by numbers.
Number One: $81.1 Billion
In September of 2014, Forbes magazine listed Bill Gates as the richest man in the world, with a net worth of $81.1 billion. This was up 13 percent from his net worth in 2013. But how does he make so much money? Moving on…
Number Two: $4.1 Billion
Every year, Bill Gates’ money has the potential to generate a five percent rate of return. On interest alone, Gates makes $128 every second, or $4.1 billion each year.
Number Three: 64 Years
If all $81 billion of Gates’ money was accessible, he could “make it rain” at the rate of throwing four $100 bills per second for 64 years. He could throw four one dollar bills per second forever. If he were to make it rain on an exotic dancer, at the weight of one gram per bill, his $81.1 billion fortune would weigh 17.8 million pounds, and he would rain down 320 pounds every hour. After just a few hours, the performer would suffocate, but at least she would die rich.
Number Four: Bill Gates’ $28 Billion
In 2013, Bill and Melinda Gates gave away $28 billion to the Gates Foundation, which is the second most charitable and largest private charity in the world. Even if Gates were to purchase Twitter and Instagram, spending all of his money would be conventionally impossible.
Number Five: 218 Years
Even if Gates were to spend $1 million every day, it would take him 218 years before he could spend it all. If he were to give every single person in the world $10 this Christmas, he would still have $2.26 billion left over. Finally, if all of his money was stacked in $100 bills, it would be 55 miles high. Still can’t comprehend just how rich he is? Well, if Gates wanted to swim in an Olympic size pool filled with dollar coins (a la Scrooge McDuck), it would take him only 53 days to fill the pool using just the interest he earns from his money. Now that’s rich.