There’s been a lot of news on Wall Street the past few weeks, like Facebook’s stock tumbling a staggering 25% or Elon Musk’s recent tweet suggesting Tesla may go private. But perhaps the biggest news was Apple’s new trillion dollar market cap. Yes, you read that right. Apple is the first U.S. company to reach $1 trillion.
But Apple likely won’t be the only company joining the trillion dollar club. Alphabet, Amazon, and Microsoft are hot on their heels. Just visualizing a few billion dollars can be hard. But how much is $1 trillion? Just look at all these zeros: $1,000,000,000,000!
Apple didn't win capitalism by cutting costs. iPhone X is Apple's most expensive iPhone to date. Despite its $999 price tag, $1 trillion would buy approximately one billion iPhone XS. That's enough to give almost every person in the United States three iPhones.
While Apple's market cap doesn't amount to true value or cash, it's fun to think about what $1 trillion can buy, and trillionaires are probably going to go a bit bigger than phones. Use the right arrow to browse 9 More Ridiculous Things You Could Buy with Apple's Trillion Dollar Value.
9 Too Many Bugattis
Bugatti's latest hyper car is one of the fastest in the world. No one knows for sure since the top speed is limited to 261 mph. The car can go from 0-60 in under 2.5 seconds and can reach speeds of over 180 mph in less than 13 seconds. With a price tag of about $3.2 million dollars, this isn't your grandmother's Buick. But for a trillionaire, it's chump change. One trillion dollars will buy you more than 300,000 Chirons. Of course, Bugatti only made 500 cars.. but, who cares? You're a trillionaire, just buy the entire company to make more.
8 Villas, Sweet Villas
It was built almost two centuries ago in 1830 and the king of Belgium once called it home. The Villa Les Cèdres houses an Olympic-size swimming pool, a ballroom, stables, 5 acres of lawn, 35 acres of gardens, 20 greenhouses, and 10 bedrooms.
While it might not seem like it’s worth that kind of money, to a trillionaire it’s about a tenth of a percent. In fact, $1 trillion would buy you 909 Villas Les Cèdres.
7 That's "President Trillionaire" to You
Everyone wants to be the president of their own company. And if you're a trillionaire, you can just buy your own.
It’s hard to know how much a company is actually worth. Ford’s current market cap is about $40 billion. While that’s not necessarily what it’s worth, for our purposes it’s a good number to work with. And $40 billion is practically a steal when you realize that you can buy about 25 Ford Motor Companies for $1 trillion.
6 Don't Think, Drink
The most expensive bottle of wine is thought to be a 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon. It sold at a Los Angeles charity auction for a cool $350,000. With $1 trillion you could buy 2.8 million bottles. Of course, if you're really shooting for value here, you could just buy one trillion cups of Coke at your local McDonald's and call it good.
5 The Happiest Place on Earth
Who says "money can't buy happiness"? According to the Huffington Post, a family trip to Disneyland costs about $4,954. You can purchase 201,857,085 family trips with a $1 trillion. Considering these are family trips (approximately four people), a trillionaire could bring the entire nation to the house of mouse and still have plenty of money left over.
4 Pop the Question
Why not ask that special someone to marry you while you're in Disneyland? If how much money you spend on a rock equates to how much you love another human, then James Packer must have really loved Mariah Carey. Her stunning engagement ring is valued at $10 million. As a trillionaire you can propose to Mariah Carey 100,000 times over.
3 It's Called "Art," Darling
Leonardo da Vinci’s painting—Salvator Mundi—sold for $450 million last year— though they're not entirely sure it's legit. That’s just under half of a billion dollars for a painting that were not even sure is authentic. But what are you waiting for? Your a trillionaire. You could buy 2,222 Salvator Mundi Paintings
2 Yearning for Learning
It’s estimated that an academic year at Harvard costs about $67,580 (including room and board). With $1 trillion everyone in New York City and Los Angeles could attend Harvard.
1 Go BIG or Go Home
Hopefully you're not superstitious or scared of heights. Because $1 trillion could buy the equivalent of 666 skyscrapers.. And not just any skyscrapers; the tallest in the world. The Burj Khalifa in Dubai is 2,722 feet high — that’s almost half of a mile! Tom Cruise made it look so small..
What would you buy if you were a trillionaire?
While Apple may not have a $1 trillion in cash, it's fun to imagine what $1 trillion really is. There are many more things you can do with $1 trillion. What would you do if you were a trillionaire. Let us know in the comments and on social media.