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The Billion Dollars Question

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Have you ever wondered what billions of  dollars look like? Or if you do have access to all that how would you spend it? A football club in the UK, an island in the Bahamas, guerrilla warfare so that you can become PM, or perhaps you will give it all to UNICEF.

Have a look at the image below, it’s  very aesthetically pleasing, isn’t it and it should be as it charts how billion of dollars look like when it’s spent!

This is the work of David McCandless who is superb at presenting complex and factual information in a very pleasing and attractive way that makes it noteworthy.

SOURCE: NEW YORK TIMES, THE GUARDIAN, FORTUNE AND OTHERS. SEE THIS GOOGLE DOC FOR ALL DETAILS.

SOURCE: NEW YORK TIMES, THE GUARDIAN, FORTUNE AND OTHERS. SEE THIS GOOGLE DOC FOR ALL DETAILS.

Right if you click on the image then it will take you to the bigger picture and source of what this chart is about. But for your information, this represents global billion dollars spending in 2009. Here is what the great man says,

Billions spent on this. Billions spent on that. What does it all look like? Hopefully The Billion Dollar Gram will help.

This image arose out of a frustration with the reporting of billion dollar amounts in the media. That is, they’re reported as self-evident facts, when, in fact, they’re mind-boggling and near incomprehensible without context. But they can start to be understood visually and relatively, IMHO.

(This is one of the first images I created for my book. So a lot of the figures are from 2006/07. I’ve also visually cheated slightly here and there to make everything fit)

I hoping this will be a “living image” that I’ll keep updating all the time. So if you find any interesting, juicy or eye-popping billions, please comment below (with a source). Let’s see how high we can make this image!

Too lazy to click then here are some samples but you should really visit this site, it will put our problem here in Thailand in perspective!

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What will you do with your billion dollars?

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