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What Does $1 Trillion Dollars Look Like?

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By on November 6, 2014

A trillion dollars is a mind-boggling amount of money. If you read our recent article titled “How Much Money Is On Planet Earth?”, you’d know that if you added up all forms of money (physical and electronic, lending and investments), the world’s entire money supply is equal to roughly $75 trillion dollars. And out of that $75 trillion, “only” $5-6 trillion consists of physical coins and bills. Over the next decades, global money supply will increase greatly thanks to inflation and economic expansion, but we’re still at least a century or two (or three) away from seeing the world’s first individual trillionaire. Unless you count the Rothschild family. (You’re welcome illuminati conspiracists.)

The first human in history to possess $1 billion dollars (without adjusting for inflation, just $1 billion sitting in a bank) was John D. Rockefeller. He accomplished that feat for the first time in 1918. When Rockefeller died at the age of 98 in 1937, his personal fortune was equal to $340 billion modern dollars. That’s enough to make him the second richest person in human history. Rockefeller was $60 billion inflation adjusted dollars shy of a 12th century African king named Mansa Musa I, whose fortune peaked at $400 billion inflation-adjusted dollars at the time of his death in 1337.


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