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What the World's Wealthiest Can Buy with their Billions

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Published: Mar 22, 2014 06:07:41 AM IST
Updated: Mar 20, 2014 04:07:03 PM IST

If they wanted to blow it all on their own products …

Liliane Bettencourt
$34.5 Billion
The L’Oréal heir could buy a box of hair dye for every woman in the world.

What the World's Wealthiest Can Buy with their Billions

S. Truett Cathy

$6.2 Billion
The devoutly baptist founder of Chick-Fil-A could purchase a chicken sandwich for 92% of the world’s 2.2 billion Christians.

Michael Dell
$17.5 Billion
He could buy 1,100 new Dell laptops for every student at the University of Texas at Austin, where he founded his computer company out of his dorm room in 1984.

What the World's Wealthiest Can Buy with their Billions

Dietrich Mateschitz
$9.2 Billion

Red Bull’s founder could wake himself up with a can of his high-caffeine drink every day for the next 11 million years.

(This story appears in the 04 April, 2014 issue of Forbes India. To visit our Archives, click here.)

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  • M G Warrier

    So, that is IT. The purchasing power of the billions the billionaires accumulated is so low when one compares to the needs of the billions around them. That apart, some of them, at least some of them, would have deprived the genuine basic needs of millions, perhaps unknowingly. And finally, let us remember, none of us were on this side of the planet, this day, last century and, more importantly, none of us will see this day, next century. Then, why not work for a more equitable use of resources?

    on Apr 6, 2014