More Bill Gates wealth tidbits.....
Laying Dollar Bills End to End
NOTE: The next sections discuss the conversion of Bill's wealth to $1 bills. Of course, according to the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, since 1986, when Microsoft was founded (and through 2005), 75,836,800,000 $1 bills have been printed. Bill's $24,522,864,691.20 comprise 32.33% of that total. (Thanks to Larry Moy for the suggestion.)
If you had 24,522,864,691 one dollar bills, and laid them end to end, you would have a line of bills that runs 2,376,423.4 miles.
Rand McNally says that it's 2912 miles from New York City to Seattle. Laying bills end to end, you could make that round trip 408.0 times.
The average distance to the moon is 238,855 miles. You could make that round trip 4.9 times.
If you spent 24 hours a day laying these bills end to end, and were able to sustain a rate of 2 bills per second, it would take you 388.80 years to complete the job.
If you took 24,522,864,691 one dollar bills, and could actually balance them in a stack, that stack would be 8,770,695.5 feet or 1,661 miles high.
By comparison, it's 200 miles from New York to Baltimore. If you took that stack and lay it down on the ground, it could make that trip between New York and Baltimore 8.3 times.
It's 2565 miles from New York to San Francisco. The stack of bills would cover 64.76% of the trip.
What if Bill decided to keep all his cash under his mattress? Let us assume that Bill and Melinda sleep on a King Size mattress. According to the folks at Slumberland Furniture, an American King Sized bed is 78 by 80 inches, or 6240 square inches, or 43 1/3 square feet in area. It takes 397.57 bills to cover a king-sized mattress. Using all of Bill's money (as $1 bills), you could cover the king-sized mattress with bills 61,681,739.47 bills deep. That means Bill would have a jump of 264,728.49 inches or 4.17 miles to get from the bed to the floor each morning, not counting the thickness of the bed itself. Thanks to Jeffery Lay for the suggestion.
The stack of 24,522,864,691 one dollar bills would weigh 54,015,120.4 pounds or 25,023.3 tons.
By comparison, a Boeing 747-400 weighs 800,000 pounds, or 400 tons. The money weighs 62.55 times more.
Remember my agonizing over "how much is too much?"