This year’s Forbes Magazine 400 Richest People in the U.S. list was the most difficult – and loftiest – to be recognized in, with the bar raised to a $1.7 billion minimum entry point. That makes 145 billionaires who didn’t make the cut (but we can think of a billion reasons they could care less).
These are the few individuals that can buy practically anything, or splurge on useless goods without feeling the repercussions on their bank statement. Of course they didn’t make Forbes’ shortlist by spending foolishly, but they’re in a position to do so if inclined.
We thought we’d have a little fun with a food twist, calculating how much of the most expensive foods some of the U.S.’s top billionaires could buy, if they wanted to horde all of the delicacies.
Larry Page – $33.3 billion
If you have a computer, smartphone, or listen to the news/watch TV/go outside, you might’ve heard of Page’s creation – this handy search tool called Google.
Perhaps Page can use his algorithm to track almost impossible-to-find white truffles, which if he did, he could purchase 9.2 million pounds of it. That equates to ALL the truffles found on Earth over the past 30 years.
Jim Walton – $33.7 billion
The youngest of the Walton family who owns the mega-chain Wal-Mart, Jim Walton knows a thing or two about value.
So he may not think investing in 12,000 big boxes of Yubari King Melons would be a ‘fruitful’ investment, considering each one goes for a cool $12,000. Hopefully we get some Wal-Mart Rollback prices on those things.
Michael Bloomberg – $38.6 billion
The next time the former mayor of New York hosts a party, he’s amassed enough riches to order 11 rounds of the uber-rare bourbon Pappy Van Winkle for all the loyal supporters who voted for him.
Mark Zuckerberg – $40.4 billion
The Facebook brain once said famously that he’d never eat meat from something he didn’t kill.
Okay. The closest thing he can maybe get – since delicious, fatty pigs don’t run wild – could be cheese made from the pig’s milk. It comes in at $1680/pound, which for Zuckerberg means roughly two million gallons of piggy queso dip.
Luckily it’s almost football season.
Larry Ellison – $47.5 billion
He owns his own Hawaii island, and his Oracle racing team is back-to-back America Cup yacht race champs.
To complement his love of water, we’re sure he’d appreciate tins of $11,000/pound Almas caviar that would stretch over four (nautical) miles.
Warren Buffet – $62 billion
You knew with a name like Warren Buffet, that we’d talk about buffets in some form.
Well, we aim to please: with his $62 billion, making him America’s second most-wealthy person, he could eat at Caesar Palace’s pricey Bacchanal Buffet in Las Vegas every single day – for the next three million years.
Bill Gates – $76 billion
When you’re the richest man in America, and one of the most philanthropic billionaires too, one would guess Gates sleep comfortably at night.
To improve his sleep, he could opt for 120,253 Thousand Thread-Count California king-sized bed sheets made from saffron spice threads.