The L-Curve

I wrote a while back about David Chandler’s l-curve. Recently I read an interesting factoid and I thought I would do an alternate version.

In March 2007 Forbes reported 946 billionaires in the US with combined net worth of $3.5 trillion.

So, just like the l-curve, we line all the households in the US up along a football field, but this time we tell them to get into groups of 1000 with the people near them. Next, we give each group their annual income in $10,000 bills.

$10,000 bill

Standing at the 50 yard line are the median 1000 families with $50,233,000[1] stacked up a whopping 1.8 inches.

The L-Curve

At the far end of the field are those billionaires with their $3.6 trillion. Their stack is 24 miles tall. Whatever your salary, consider it in $10,000 bills, then try to imagine 360 million of them stacked up to four and a half times the height of Mount Everest. If the $3.6 trillion were in $1 bills, they would reach 244,318 miles, and the moon would knock the stack over as it passed overhead.

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