This is the Best Visualization for Grasping How Much a Billion Dollars Really Is

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YouTuber Tom Scott found an excellent way to communicate just how much a billion dollars is, by using distance instead of volume. Scott explains:

There are lots of ways to compare a million to a billion, but most of them use volume. And I think that’s a mistake, because volume just isn’t something the human brain is great at. So instead, here’s the difference between a million and a billion, in a more one-dimensional way: distance.

Now the really cool thing comes at the end when he puts a trillion into perspective. As of this post, Jeff Bezos’ net worth is estimated at $178 billion USD.


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