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A Billion Here, a Billion There
If you're like me, you probably have four categories of money:
1. the price of a beer,
2. too much for a beer,
3. rent, and
4. far beyond my ability to comprehend.
I finally decided to sit down and try to comprehend that fourth category by lining up all the examples of high finance I could find. Some attempts to make a billion dollars comprehensible would go from the bottom up and explain how many of your everyday purchases you could get with a billion dollars (700,000 PCs or something). Instead, I'm going from the top down because, frankly, a billion dollars and you exist in entirely different universes. There is nothing in your life that compares to a billion dollars. Even if you're a millionaire, you'd have to live a thousand years to earn a billion. The only way to comprehend billions of dollars is in relation to other billions of dollars.
This is a pretty staightfoward list for reference purposes. I haven't gone out of my way to hunt down ironic, outrageous or humorous examples, but if you've been wondering how many Abrams battle tanks Will Ferrell could have bought last year, the answer is nine.
If you have a number, such as \$14 billion, that you want to see in context, just scroll down, and you'll discover that it's about the same as the GDP of Papua New Guinea, the damage from Hurricane Hugo, and the revenue of the state government of Colorado.
If you look down around \$90 million, you'll see that the biggest movie bomb in history is the equivalent of shovelling a year of Tiger Woods' earnings into a furnace. If you look around \$40 billion, you'll see that the 9/11 attacks cost as much as shutting down Kuwait or Rhode Island for a year.
If you want to find the value of something specific, try [CTRL][F] and a simple keyword. Keep it simple. "Bill Gates" will find nothing, but "Gates" will find both "William Gates" and "Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation".
All these numbers are US dollars. Unless otherwise noted, none of these are adjusted for inflation. Also, I haven't gone out of my way to confirm the accuracy of these numbers; I'm just trusting that my sources are more or less sort of correct. And I haven't made any special effort to reconcile different numbers for similar categories; I'll leave it for you to figure out why some numbers that should be the same are actually different.
[I probably won't be updating this list, so if today is 2009, and you're wondering why all my numbers are from 2005, that's why. The only way to properly update a list like this would be to totally replace it, which, apparently, I haven't done, if you're reading this note in 2009.]
Here are a few links that jump to specific superlatives. Most of these are debatable. Or you can just use [CTRL][F]"guinness" to find those amounts that were consider noteworthy by Guinness's Book of World Records.
Trillions
Tens of Trillions
• \$56T: total economic production of the World. PPP GDP 2004 (World Bank)
• 30T: total value of the USA's capital stock (incl. offices, factories, business equipment) (12/17/01 New Yorker)
• 20.8T: total Global Market Capitalization of all NYSE-Listed Companies (8/31/05 NYSE)
• 11.6T: total economic production of the United States. PPP GDP 2004 (World Bank, NC, from BEA)
Trillions
• \$9.8T: all the money in the US, incl. cash, checking, savings accounts and CDs. (M3) (​Howstuffworks​)
• 8.6T: total economic production of the European Monetary Union. PPP GDP 2004 (World Bank)
• 7.9T: US national debt, 9/28/05 (US Treasury​)
• 7.1T: total economic production of China. PPP GDP 2004 (World Bank)
• 3.8T: total economic production of Japan. PPP GDP 2004 (World Bank)
• 3.4T: total economic production of India. PPP GDP 2004 (World Bank)
• 3.1T: US military expenditure for World War II, 1941-45 (adjusted to current dollars. 8/29/05 Christian Science Monitor​)
• 2.4T: total economic production of Germany. PPP GDP 2004 (World Bank)
• 2.3T: US federal budget outlays, FY2004 (Revenues: 1.9T. Deficit: 412B) (US CBO)
• 2.0T: foreign holdings of U.S. government debt (21 Sept 2005 WaPo)
• 1.9B: US federal budget revenues, FY2004 (Outlays: 2.3T. Deficit: 412B) (US CBO)
• 1.8T: total economic production of the United Kingdom. PPP GDP 2004 (World Bank)
• 1.8T: total US imports of goods and services, 2004 (US Census​)
• 1.7T: total economic production of France. PPP GDP 2004 (World Bank)
• 1.6T: total economic production of Italy. PPP GDP 2004 (World Bank)
• 1.5T: total economic production of California. Gross State Product 2004 (NC from BEA)
• 1.5T: total economic production of Brazil. PPP GDP 2004 (World Bank)
• 1.4T: total economic production of Russia. PPP GDP 2004 (World Bank)
• 1.3T: revenue of United States federal government, 2003 (US Census​)
• 1.3T: total revenue of all state governments, USA, FY2002-03 (US Census​)
• 1.1T: total revenue of all local governments, USA, FY2002-03 (US Census​)
• 1.1T: total US exports of goods and services, 2004 (US Census​)
• 1.1T: total market value of all the gold in the world as of the end of 1999 (Gold Eagle)
• 1.0T: total economic production of Spain. PPP GDP 2004 (World Bank)
• 1.0T: total economic production of Mexico. PPP GDP 2004 (World Bank)
Hundreds of Billions
Upper Hundreds of Billions
• \$993B: total economic production of Canada. PPP GDP 2004 (World Bank)
• 981B: total economic production of South Korea. PPP GDP 2004 (World Bank)
• 900B: total economic production of New York. Gross State Product 2004 (NC from BEA)
• 881B: total economic production of Texas. Gross State Product 2004 (NC from BEA)
• 839B: World military expenditures, 2001 (FAS)
• 800B: annual value produced by introduced (not originally native to North America) crops and livestock, 1998 USA (​Cornell​)
• 780B: total economic production of Indonesia. PPP GDP 2004 (World Bank)
• 759B: Wasted time at work in the US. Spent by employers per year on salaries for which real work was expected, but not actually performed. (SF Chronicle​)
• 683B: Japan's holdings of U.S. government debt (21 Sept 2005 WaPo)
• 618B: trade deficit of US goods and services, 2004 (US Census​)
• 606B: total economic production of Australia. PPP GDP 2004 (World Bank)
Mid Hundreds of Billions
• \$595B: total economic production of Florida. Gross State Product 2004 (NC from BEA)
• 571B: total US cash in circulation 6/2000 (FRB)
• 553B: total economic production of Turkey. PPP GDP 2004 (World Bank)
• 535B: budget for the Social Security Administration in fiscal year (FY) 2004
• 532B: US military expenditure for Vietnam War, 1964-72 (adjusted to current dollars. 8/29/05 Christian Science Monitor​)
• 529B: total economic production of Illinois. Gross State Product 2004 (NC from BEA)
• 521B: total economic production of the Netherlands. PPP GDP 2004 (World Bank)
• 510B: total economic production of Thailand. PPP GDP 2004 (World Bank)
• 510B: total economic production of South Africa. PPP GDP 2004 (World Bank)
• 505B: total economic production of Iran. PPP GDP 2004 (World Bank)
• 492B: total economic production of Poland. PPP GDP 2004 (World Bank)
• 486B: total economic production of Argentina. PPP GDP 2004 (World Bank)
• 476B: total sales, US restaurant industry, 2004 (​restaurant.org​)
• 474.7B: 2003 budget outlays for Social Security, US Government (GPO)
• 469B: total economic production of Pennsylvania. Gross State Product 2004 (NC from BEA)
• 466B: United States military spending, FY2004 (Global Sec.)
• 445B: defense spending bill for fiscal 2006 approved by US Senate (10/8/05 WaPo)
• 418B: total economic production of Ohio. Gross State Product 2004 (NC from BEA)
• 416B: total economic production of New Jersey. Gross State Product 2004 (NC from BEA)
• 412B: US federal budget deficit, FY2004 (Revenues: 1880B. Outlays: 2292B) (US CBO)
• 404.9B: 2003 budget outlays for national defense, US Government (GPO)
Lower Hundreds of Billions
• \$378B: total economic production of Philippines. PPP GDP 2004 (World Bank)
• 373B: total economic production of Michigan. Gross State Product 2004 (NC from BEA)
• 361B: US military expenditure for Korean War (adjusted to current dollars. 8/29/05 Christian Science Monitor​)
• 350B: spent by US government for wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and against terrorism since 9/11/01 (9/26/05 USA Today)
• 350B: largest company merger, AOL with Time Warner, 2000 (​Guinness​)
• 341B: total economic production of Georgia (US state). Gross State Product 2004 (NC from BEA)
• 336B: total economic production of Pakistan. PPP GDP 2004 (World Bank)
• 335B: total economic production of North Carolina. Gross State Product 2004 (NC from BEA)
• 334.4B: 2003 budget outlays for income security, US Government (GPO)
• 327B: total economic production of Virginia. Gross State Product 2004 (NC from BEA)
• 326B: total economic production of Saudi Arabia. PPP GDP 2004 (World Bank)
• 323B: total economic production of Belgium. PPP GDP 2004 (World Bank)
• 323B: total economic production of Colombia. PPP GDP 2004 (World Bank)
• 318B: total economic production of Massachussetts. Gross State Product 2004 (NC from BEA)
• 317B: federal budget deficit for the fiscal year that ended Sept 30, 2005 (10/8/05 WaPo)
• 303B: total economic production of Ukraine. PPP GDP 2004 (World Bank)
• 288B: revenue of Wal-Mart Stores (2005 Information Please, from Fortune 500)
• 282B: total economic production of Egypt. PPP GDP 2004 (World Bank)
• 271B: revenue of Exxon Mobil (2005 Information Please, from Fortune 500)
• 265B: sales in the global housewares industry (IHA)
• 265B: total economic production of Sweden. PPP GDP 2004 (World Bank)
• 263B: total economic production of Bangladesh. PPP GDP 2004 (World Bank)
• 261B: total economic production of Austria. PPP GDP 2004 (World Bank)
• 260B: total economic production of Washington (state). Gross State Product 2004 (NC from BEA)
• 249.4B: 2003 budget outlays for Medicare, US Government (GPO)
• 248B: total economic production of Switzerland. PPP GDP 2004 (World Bank)
• 246B: total economic production of Malaysia. PPP GDP 2004 (World Bank)
• 242B: China's holdings of U.S. government debt (21 Sept 2005 WaPo)
• 243B: total economic production of Greece. PPP GDP 2004 (World Bank)
• 236B: US federal budget surplus, FY2000 (Revenues: 2025B. Outlays: 1789B) (US CBO)
• 228B: total economic production of Indiana. Gross State Product 2004 (NC from BEA)
• 227B: total economic production of Maryland. Gross State Product 2004 (NC from BEA)
• 222B: total economic production of Vietnam. PPP GDP 2004 (World Bank)
• 219.6B: 2003 budget outlays for health, US Government (GPO)
• 211B: total economic production of Hong Kong. PPP GDP 2004 (World Bank)
• 211B: total economic production of Algeria. PPP GDP 2004 (World Bank)
• 205B: US military expenditure for World War I, 1917-18 (adjusted to current dollars. 8/29/05 Christian Science Monitor​)
• 205B: total economic production of Portugal. PPP GDP 2004 (World Bank)
• 200B: Total damages from Hurricane Katrina might top \$200 billion. (10/9/05 LA Times)
A Hundred-some Billion
• \$197B: total economic production of Czech Rep. PPP GDP 2004 (World Bank)
• 196.7B: US imports from China, 2004 (​Census​)
• 195.5B: revenue of California state government, 2003 (US Census​)
• 193.5B: revenue of General Motors (2005 Information Please, from Fortune 500)
• 186B: US military expenditure for Iraq War, 2003-8/2005 (8/29/05 Christian Science Monitor​)
• 183B: total economic production of Chile. PPP GDP 2004 (World Bank)
• 182B: total economic production of Romania. PPP GDP 2004 (World Bank)
• 175B: total economic production of Norway. PPP GDP 2004 (World Bank)
• 173B: total economic production of Denmark. PPP GDP 2004 (World Bank)
• 172.2B: revenue of Ford Motor (2005 Information Please, from Fortune 500)
• 168B: total economic production of Hungary. PPP GDP 2004 (World Bank)
• 164B: total economic production of Israel. PPP GDP 2004 (World Bank)
• 162B: US trade deficit with China, 2004 (​Census​)
• 161B: total economic production of Ireland. PPP GDP 2004 (World Bank)
• 156B: total economic production of Nigeria. PPP GDP 2004 (World Bank)
• 156B: total economic production of Venezuela. PPP GDP 2004 (World Bank)
• 155B: total economic production of Peru. PPP GDP 2004 (World Bank)
• 155B: total economic production of Finland. PPP GDP 2004 (World Bank)
• 153.1B: 2003 budget outlays for net interest on the national debt, US Government (GPO)
• 152.3B: revenue of General Electric (2005 Information Please, from Fortune 500)
• 150B: annual health cost of cigarettes, half in medical costs and half in lost productivity, US (Slate)
• 150B: CBO Director predicted federal cost of Hurricane Katrina relief is likely to be less than 200B, possibly less than 150B (10/8/05 WaPo)
• 147.9B: revenue of Chevron Texaco (2005 Information Please, from Fortune 500)
• 138B: annual control costs and damage by invading, non-indigenous species, 1999 USA (1999 Cornell​)
• 132B: value of gross oil imports into the US, 2003 (US DOE)
• 127B: total economic production of Morocco. PPP GDP 2004 (World Bank)
• 121.6B: revenue of Conoco Phillips (2005 Information Please, from Fortune 500)
• 118.2B: revenue of New York state government, 2003 (US Census​)
• 118B: total economic production of Singapore. PPP GDP 2004 (World Bank)
• 112B: total economic production of Kazakhstan. PPP GDP 2004 (World Bank)
• 108.2B: revenue of Citigroup (2005 Information Please, from Fortune 500)
• 104B to 107B: assets of WorldCom​, largest bankruptcy in US history (22 July 2002 PBS: 107B. Bankruptcy.com​: 103.9)
• 104B: over the next decade to send astronauts back to the moon (19 Sept 2005 WaPo)
• 100B: US gold reserves, 1996 (​Guinness​)
Tens of Billions
Upper Tens of Billions
• \$98.6B: revenue of American Intl. Group (2005 Information Please, from Fortune 500)
• 98.7B: one year net loss by AOL-Time-Warner, 2002 (​Guinness​)
• 96.2B: revenue of International Business Machines (2005 Information Please, from Fortune 500)
• 95B: total spending per year in USA on medical research (20 Sept 2005 CNN)
• 93.7B: spent in the USA by international visitors in 2004 (9 May 2005 MSNBC​)
• 93B: total economic production of New Zealand. PPP GDP 2004 (World Bank)
• 91.8B: direct medical costs of diabetes in the USA in 2002 (DHHS)
• 82.6B: revenue of Texas state government, 2003 (US Census​)
• 82.6B: 2003 budget outlays for education, training, employment, and social services, US Government (GPO)
• 81.8B: US military expenditure for Gulf War, 1991-92 (adjusted to current dollars. 8/29/05 Christian Science Monitor​)
• 79.9B: revenue of Hewlett-Packard (2005 Information Please, from Fortune 500)
• 75B: medical expenditures that can be attributed to obesity, in 2003, US (Slate)
• 74.3B: revenue of Berkshire Hathaway (2005 Information Please, from Fortune 500)
• 73.0B: revenue of Home Depot (2005 Information Please, from Fortune 500)
• 71.5B: revenue of Verizon Communications (2005 Information Please, from Fortune 500)
• 70B: total economic production of Syria. PPP GDP 2004 (World Bank)
• 69.5B: revenue of McKesson (2005 Information Please, from Fortune 500)
• 69B: contributed by sport fishing to the economy of USA, 1995 (1999 Cornell​)
• 67.1B: 2003 budget outlays for transportation, US Government (GPO)
• 66B: US military expenditure for Afghanistan War, 2001-8/2005 (8/29/05 Christian Science Monitor​)
• 65B: spent by Americans annually on illegal drugs (PBS : 65B in 1998. DOJ: 64.4B in 2000)
• 65B: cost of sleeplessness in USA: 15B in health care expenses + 50B in lost productivity (24 Feb. 2005 Nat.Geo.​)
• 65B: China military spending, 2004 (Global Sec.)
• 65.1B: revenue of Cardinal Health (2005 Information Please, from Fortune 500)
• 64.4B: revenue of Altria Group (2005 Information Please, from Fortune 500)
• 63.4B: assets of Enron when it filed for bankruptcy, 12/2001 (2 Dec. 2001 CNN: 62.8B. Bankruptcy.com​: 63.4)
• 63.3B: revenue of Bank of America Corp. (2005 Information Please, from Fortune 500)
• 62.2B: total sales in the U.S. housewares industry (IHA)
• 62B: total economic production of Bulgaria. PPP GDP 2004 (World Bank)
• 61.6B: damage from 1988 drought​/heat wave, June-Sept. (NCDC: 40B at the time, 61.6B adj. to 2002\$)
• 61.4B: assets of Conseco when it filed for bankruptcy, 12/2002 (​Bankruptcy.com​)
• 60.9B: total economic production of New Mexico. Gross State Product 2004 (NC from BEA)
• 60B: total cost of natural disasters, worldwide, 2003 (​Munich Re)
Fifty-some Billion
• \$58.8B: revenue of State Farm Insurance (2005 Information Please, from Fortune 500)
• 57.0B: 2003 budget outlays for veterans benefits, US Government (GPO)
• 56.9B: total economic production of Ethiopia. PPP GDP 2004 (World Bank)
• 56.9B: revenue of J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (2005 Information Please, from Fortune 500)
• 56.4B: assets of Texaco when it filed for bankruptcy, 1987 (adjusted for inflation. In 1987, unadjusted assets were \$35.9B) (2 Dec. 2001 CNN)
• 56.4B: revenue of Kroger (2005 Information Please, from Fortune 500)
• 55.2B: revenue of Florida state government, 2003 (US Census​)
• 54.5B: total economic production of Delaware. Gross State Product 2004 (NC from BEA)
• 53.9B: revenue of Valero Energy (2005 Information Please, from Fortune 500)
• 53.1B: revenue of Amerisourcebergen (2005 Information Please, from Fortune 500)
• 52.9B: revenue of Pfizer (2005 Information Please, from Fortune 500)
• 52.5B: revenue of Boeing (2005 Information Please, from Fortune 500)
• 52.1B: total economic production of New Hampshire. Gross State Product 2004 (NC from BEA)
• 51.4B: revenue of Procter & Gamble (2005 Information Please, from Fortune 500)
• 51.3B: total economic production of Ecuador. PPP GDP 2004 (World Bank)
• 51B: net worth of William Gates (23 Sept 2005 BBC, Forbes)
• 50.1B: total economic production of Hawaii. Gross State Product 2004 (NC from BEA)
• 50.1B: direct mail advertising revenue in the U.S. in 2004 (​Industry Standard​)
• 50B: Russia military spending (Global Sec.)
• 50B: additional funding for the Iraq War in the defense spending bill approved by US Senate (10/8/05 WaPo)
• 50.0B: revenue of Michigan state government, 2003 (US Census​)
Forty-some Billion
• \$49.9B: revenue of Target (2005 Information Please, from Fortune 500)
• 49.9B: revenue of Ohio state government, 2003 (US Census​)
• 49.8B: total economic production of West Virginia. Gross State Product 2004 (NC from BEA)
• 49.4B: revenue of Pennsylvania state government, 2003 (US Census​)
• 49.2B: revenue of Dell (2005 Information Please, from Fortune 500)
• 48.5: total economic production of Uzbekistan. PPP GDP 2004 (World Bank)
• 48.4B: damage from 1980 drought/heat wave, June-Sept. (NCDC: 20B at the time, 48.4 adj. to 2002\$)
• 48.1B: revenue of Costco Wholesale (2005 Information Please, from Fortune 500)
• 47.3B: revenue of Johnson & Johnson (2005 Information Please, from Fortune 500)
• 46.5B: France military spending, 2000 (Global Sec.)
• 46.2B: newspaper advertising revenue in the U.S. in 2004 (​Industry Standard​)
• 46.0B: revenue of New Jersey state government, 2003 (US Census​)
• 45.4B: revenue of Marathon Oil (2005 Information Please, from Fortune 500)
• 44.8B: total economic production of Lithuania. PPP GDP 2004 (World Bank)
• 44.7B: Japan military spending, FY2005 (Global Sec.)
• 44.4B: revenue of Illinois state government, 2003 (US Census​)
• 44B: global commercial value of genetically modified crops (29 Apr 2005 NatGeo​)
• 43.4B: total economic production of Idaho. Gross State Product 2004 (NC from BEA)
• 43.3B: total economic production of Kuwait. PPP GDP 2004 (World Bank)
• 43.3B: total economic production of Maine. Gross State Product 2004 (NC from BEA)
• 42B: economic costs of 9/11. 12B replacing buildings & equipment + 30B insurance payouts for loss of life, workers comp, etc. (12/17/01 New Yorker)
• 42.8B: revenue of Time Warner (2005 Information Please, from Fortune 500)
• 41.9B: total economic production of Rhode Island. Gross State Product 2004 (NC from BEA)
• 41.0B: revenue of SBC Communications (2005 Information Please, from Fortune 500)
• 40.3B: total economic production of Uganda. PPP GDP 2004 (World Bank)
• 40.1B: revenue of Dow Chemical (2005 Information Please, from Fortune 500)
• 40.0B: Net worth of Warren Buffett (23 Sept 2005 BBC, Forbes)
• 40B: est. damage from Hurricane Katrina, 2005 (12 Sept. 2005 WaPo)
• 40.0B: revenue of Albertson's (2005 Information Please, from Fortune 500)
Thirty-some Billion
• \$39.5B: revenue of Morgan Stanley (2005 Information Please, from Fortune 500)
• 39.5B: revenue of MetLife (2005 Information Please, from Fortune 500)
• 38.8B: Germany military spending, 2002 (Global Sec.)
• 37.5B: revenue of Walgreen (2005 Information Please, from Fortune 500)
• 37.4B: revenue of United Technologies (2005 Information Please, from Fortune 500)
• 37.2B: revenue of United Health Group (2005 Information Please, from Fortune 500)
• 37B: total economic production of Nepal. PPP GDP 2004 (World Bank)
• 36B to 39B: spent by Americans annually on cocaine (PBS : 39B in 1998. DOJ: 36B in 2000)
• 36.8B: revenue of Microsoft (2005 Information Please, from Fortune 500)
• 36.5B: revenue of United Parcel Service (2005 Information Please, from Fortune 500)
• 36.4B: revenue of Lowe's (2005 Information Please, from Fortune 500)
• 36.1B: revenue of Archer Daniels Midland (2005 Information Please, from Fortune 500)
• 36.0B: revenue of Sears Roebuck (2005 Information Please, from Fortune 500)
• 36B: total annual management costs of lawns, gardens, and golf courses in the US (1999 Cornell​)
• 35.9B: assets of Texaco when it filed for bankruptcy, 4/1987 (​Bankruptcy.com​)
• 35.8B: revenue of Safeway (2005 Information Please, from Fortune 500)
• 35.5B: revenue of Lockheed Martin (2005 Information Please, from Fortune 500)
• 35.4B: 2003 budget outlays for administration of justice, US Government (GPO)
• 35.3B: revenue of Motorola (2005 Information Please, from Fortune 500)
• 35.3B: revenue of Medco Health Solutions (2005 Information Please, from Fortune 500)
• 35.1B: total economic production of Cameroon. PPP GDP 2004 (World Bank)
• 35B: proposed federal budget savings over five years, mainly from entitlement programs for the poor, such as food stamps, Medicaid and student loans (10/8/05 WaPo)
• 34.5B: total economic production of Kenya. PPP GDP 2004 (World Bank)
• 34.4B: estimated insured losses from Hurricane Katrina (10/05/2005 CNN: 34.4B. 9/25/05 Newsday​: 40B-60B. KATC: 125B in economic damage, incl. 60B in insurance claims.)
• 34.2B: revenue of Intel (2005 Information Please, from Fortune 500)
• 33.9B: total economic production of Alaska. Gross State Product 2004 (NC from BEA)
• 33.9B: assets of Financial Corp. of America when it filed for bankruptcy, 9/1988 (​Bankruptcy.com​)
• 33.5B: broadcast TV advertising revenue in the U.S. in 2004 (​Industry Standard​)
• 31.7B: United Kingdom military spending, 2002 (Global Sec.)
• 30.3B: revenue of Massachusetts state government, 2003 (US Census​)
• 30.2B: assets of Global Crossing when it filed for bankruptcy, 1/2002 (​Bankruptcy.com​)
• 31.3B: total retail theft in US in 2002, incl. employee theft, shoplifting, etc. (​About.com​)
• 30.0B: revenue of North Carolina state government, 2003 (US Census​)
• 30.0B: WorldCom's debt, largest bankruptcy in US history (22 July 2002 PBS)
Twenty-some Billion
• \$29B: global trade in pirated software in 2003 (7 July 2004 MSNBC​)
• 29.8B: revenue of Georgia state government, 2003 (US Census​)
• 29.8B: assets of Pacific Gas and Electric when it filed for bankruptcy, 4/2001 (​Bankruptcy.com​)
• 29.7B: 2003 budget outlays for natural resources and environment, US Government (GPO)
• 29.6B: revenue of Washington state government, 2003 (US Census​)
• 29.4B: total economic production of South Dakota. Gross State Product 2004 (NC from BEA)
• 28.6B: National Institutes of Health, FY 2005 budget, USA (5/27/04 Wapo)
• 28.1B: revenue of Virginia state government, 2003 (US Census​)
• 27.7B: total economic production of Montana. Gross State Product 2004 (NC from BEA)
• 27.3B: pork barrel spending in the fiscal 2005 appropriations bills, USA (​CAGW​)
• 27.2B: direct cost of 9/11 terrorist attacks - damage, rescue, cleanup (CCC)
• 26.8B: assets of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (3/4/04 Chronicle of Philanthropy​)
• 26.7B: damage from Midwest flooding, Summer 1993 (NCDC: 21B at the time, 26.7B adj. to 2002\$)
• 26.4B: total world weapons sales, 2001 (FAS)
• 25.5B: revenue of Minnesota state government, 2003 (US Census​)
• 25.2B: assets of UAL when it filed for bankruptcy, 12/2002 (​Bankruptcy.com​)
• 25.1B: revenue of Wisconsin state government, 2003 (US Census​)
• 24.9B: total economic production of Jordan. PPP GDP 2004 (World Bank)
• 24.5B: revenue of Indiana state government, 2003 (US Census​)
• 24.3B: total economic production of Wyoming. Gross State Product 2004 (NC from BEA)
• 24.3B: total economic production of Bolivia. PPP GDP 2004 (World Bank)
• 24.2B: total economic production of Lebanon. PPP GDP 2004 (World Bank)
• 23.72B: net sales for the entire US publishing industry, 2004 (​Association of American Publishers​)
• 23.6B: total economic production of North Dakota. Gross State Product 2004 (NC from BEA)
• 23.0B: 2003 budget outlays for general government, US Government (GPO)
• 23B: net worth of Karl Albrecht (2/25/04 Forbes)
• 22.6B: 2003 budget outlays for agriculture, US Government (GPO)
• 22.5B: net worth of Paul Gardner Allen (23 Sept 2005 BBC, Forbes)
• 22.2B: total economic production of Panama. PPP GDP 2004 (World Bank)
• 22.1B: total economic production of Vermont. Gross State Product 2004 (NC from BEA)
• 22.0B: revenue of Missouri state government, 2003 (US Census​)
• 22B: damage from Hurricane Andrew, 1992 (NOAA: 26.5B. WaPo: 22B current\$. Newsday​: 21B current\$)
• 21.8B: revenue of Maryland state government, 2003 (US Census​)
• 21.8: student loans in default (​Heritage​)
• 21.8B: assets of Delta Air Lines when it filed for bankruptcy, 9/2005 (​Bankruptcy.com​)
• 21.5B: assets of Adelphia Communications when it filed for bankruptcy, 6/2002 (​Bankruptcy.com​)
• 21.5B: net worth of Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Alsaud (2/25/04 Forbes)
• 21.2B: 2003 budget outlays for international affairs, US Government (GPO)
• 20.9B: 2003 budget outlays for science, space and technology, US Government (GPO)
• 20.8B: Korea, South military spending, FY2005 (Global Sec.)
• 20.7B: radio advertising revenue in the U.S. in 2004 (​Industry Standard​)
• 20.5B: revenue of Tennessee state government, 2003 (US Census​)
• 20.2B: Italy military spending, 2002 (Global Sec.)
• 20B: cost of the new Hong Kong International Airport at Chek Lap Kok, which opened in 1998 (​Guinness​)
• 20B: annual savings proposed by Base Realignment and Closure (​CAGW​)
• 20B to 30B: Medicare overspending (​Heritage​)
Ten to Twenty Billion
• \$19.6B: revenue of South Carolina state government, 2003 (US Census​)
• 19.4B: revenue of Louisiana state government, 2003 (US Census​)
• 19.2B: revenue of Oregon state government, 2003 (US Census​)
• 19.0B: revenue of Alabama state government, 2003 (US Census​)
• 19B: annual damage by rats, USA (1999 Cornell​)
• 18.2B: total economic production of Senegal. PPP GDP 2004 (World Bank)
• 18B: net worth of Michael Dell (23 Sept 2005 BBC, Forbes)
• 18.9B: 2003 budget outlays for community and regional development, US Government (GPO)
• 18.6B: total economic production of Estonia. PPP GDP 2004 (World Bank)
• 18.3B: Saudi Arabia military spending, FY2000 (Global Sec.)
• 18.3B: revenue of Kentucky state government, 2003 (US Census​)
• 18.2B: revenue of Connecticut state government, 2003 (US Census​)
• 17.9B: revenue of Arizona state government, 2003 (US Census​)
• 17.6B: in 1998, the rights to televise NFL games, as well as the Super Bowl, were sold to several networks for eight years for \$17.6B (US Sports Academy​)
• 17.4B: total economic production of Guinea. PPP GDP 2004 (World Bank)
• 17B: net worth of Lawrence Joseph Ellison (23 Sept 2005 BBC, es)
• 16.2B: damage caused by 9/11 terrorist attacks (CCC)
• 15.8B: cable TV advertising revenue in the U.S. in 2004 (​Industry Standard​)
• 15.8B: total economic production of Albania. PPP GDP 2004 (World Bank)
• 15.7B: net worth of Christy Walton (2005 Forbes)
• 15.7B: net worth of Jim C. Walton (2005 Forbes)
• 15.6B: net worth of S. Robson Walton (2005 Forbes)
• 15.4B: net worth of Helen R. Walton (2004 Forbes)
• 15.5B: net worth of Alice L. Walton (2004 Forbes)
• 15B+: global sales of Coca-Cola soft drinks during 12 months ending Q1 2001 (​ACNielsen​)
• 15B+: global sales of Marlboro cigarettes during 12 months ending Q1 2001 (​ACNielsen​)
• 14.9B: revenue of Oklahoma state government, 2003 (US Census​)
• 14.8B: Back-to-school spending USA 2004 (About.com​)
• 14.7B: total economic production of Madagascar. PPP GDP 2004 (World Bank)
• 14.6B: assets of Kmart when it filed for bankruptcy, 1/2002 (​Bankruptcy.com​)
• 14.5B: total economic production of Haiti. PPP GDP 2004 (World Bank)
• 14.4B: total economic production of Papua New Guinea. PPP GDP 2004 (World Bank)
• 14B: annual damage by cats to US bird population (1999 Cornell​)
• 14.0B: net worth of Steven Ballmer (2005 Forbes)
• 14B: foreign aid paid by USA, 2003 (12 April 2004 CSM)
• 14B: annual direct cost of bone fractures caused by osteoporosis, US (3 Aug. 1999 Slate)
• 14B: damage from Hurricane Ivan, Sept. 2004 (NCDC: 14B. Newsday​: 7.1B current\$)
• 13.9B: damage from Hurricane Hugo, 1989 (NOAA: 7B. NCDC: 9B at the time, 13.9 adj. to 2002\$, US mainland + US Islands. Newsday​: 6.4B current\$)
• 13.8B: revenue of Colorado state government, 2003 (US Census​)
• 13.5B: total economic production of Georgia (the country). PPP GDP 2004 (World Bank)
• 13.4B: Brazil military spending, FY1999 (Global Sec.)
• 13.3B: revenue of Mississippi state government, 2003 (US Census​)
• 13.2B: Valentine's Day consumer spending, US, 2005 (​About.com​)
• 13.0B: sales of U.S. weapons to foreign governments, FY2001, deliveries. 12.2B via US State Dept. + 821M directly (FAS)
• 12.9B: total economic production of Armenia. PPP GDP 2004 (World Bank)
• 12.9B: revenue of Iowa state government, 2003 (US Census​)
• 12.5B: net worth of Abigail Johnson (2005 Forbes)
• 12.5B: net worth of Barbara Cox Anthony (2005 Forbes)
• 12.5B: net worth of Anne Cox Chambers (2005 Forbes)
• 12.4B: general purpose magazine advertising revenue in the U.S. in 2004 (​Industry Standard​)
• 12.1B: India military spending, FY2001 (Global Sec.)
• 11B: WorldCom accounting fraud (20 Sept. 2005 Time, 20 Sept. 2005 PG)
• 11.8B: revenue of Arkansas state government, 2003 (US Census​)
• 11.5B: revenue of Utah state government, 2003 (US Census​)
• 11.2B: total economic production of Laos. PPP GDP 2004 (World Bank)
• 11.2B: damage from Hurricane Charlie, Sept. 2004 (NCDC: 15B. NOAA: 11.2B. Newsday​: 7.5 current\$)
• 11B: net worth of Sergey Brin (2004 Forbes)
• 11B: net worth of Larry E Page (2004 Forbes)
• 10B to 11.6B: spent by America's users annually on heroin (PBS : 11.6B in 1998. DOJ: 10B in 2000)
• 10.8B: assets of Lilly Endowment (3/4/04 Chronicle of Philanthropy​)
• 10.7B to 11B: spent by Americans annually on marijuana (PBS : 10.7B in 1998. DOJ : 11B in 2000)
• 10.7B: possible cost to South Korea for deal to dismantle North Korea's nuclear weapons programs (22 Sept. 2005 AFP)
• 10.6B: assets of Ford Foundation (3/4/04 Chronicle of Philanthropy​)
• 10.5B: total economic production of Jamaica. PPP GDP 2004 (World Bank)
• 10.4B: revenue of Kansas state government, 2003 (US Census​)
• 10.4B: Mother's Day consumer spending, USA, 2004 (​About.com​)
• 10.2B: net worth of Pierre M. Omidyar (2005 Forbes)
• 10B: net worth of Kirk Kerkorian (2005 Forbes)
• 10B: net worth of Forrest Edward Mars, Jr. (2005 Forbes)
• 10B: net worth of Jacqueline Mars (2005 Forbes)
• 10B: net worth of John Franklyn Mars (2005 Forbes)
• 10B: US porn industry (3 Sept. 2004 CBS)
• 10B: damage from drought, Spring-Fall 2002, US (​NCDC​)
• 10B: buried treasure found on Robinson Crusoe Island (26 Sept. 2005 Guardian​)
Billions
• \$5B to 15B: global sales of Pepsi soft drinks during 12 months ending Q1 2001 (​ACNielsen​)
• 9.9B: annual 2004 U.S. retail sales of video games (​About.com​)
• 9.8B: revenue of New Mexico state government, 2003 (US Census​)
• 9.7B: revenue of West Virginia state government, 2003 (US Census​)
• 9.7B: Iran military spending, FY2000 (Global Sec.)
• 9.6B: total economic production of Iceland. PPP GDP 2004 (World Bank)
• 9.6B: gourmet coffee sector sales in the US 2004 (​Forbes​)
• 9.6B: Internet advertising revenue in the U.S. in 2004 (​Industry Standard​)
• 9.3B: Australia military spending, 2001/02 (Global Sec.)
• 9.2B: total economic production of Gabon. PPP GDP 2004 (World Bank)
• 9B: net worth of John Werner Kluge (2005 Forbes)
• 9B: damage from Hurricane Frances, Sept. 2004 (NCDC: 9B. Newsday​: 4.6 current\$)
• 8.8B: missing from the Development Fund for Iraq (20 Aug 2004 Fox News ; 31 Jan 2005 CNN)
• 8.5B to 9.9B: Earned Income Tax Credit wasted in overpayments (​Heritage​)
• 8.5B: net worth of Karl Icahn (2005 Forbes)
• 8.4B: net worth of Sumner M. Redstone (2005 Forbes)
• 8.3B: brought into South Africa annually by tourist industry (28 March 2005 NatGeo​)
• 8.3B: revenue of Nevada state government, 2003 (US Census​)
• 8.0B: Father's Day consumer spending, USA 2004 (​About.com​)
• 7.8B: assets of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (3/4/04 Chronicle of Philanthropy​)
• 7.7B: total economic production of Tajikstan. PPP GDP 2004 (World Bank)
• 7.5B: net worth of Donald Edward Newhouse (2005 Forbes)
• 7.5B: net worth of Samuel Irving Newhouse (2005 Forbes)
• 7.5B: business magazine advertising revenue in the U.S. in 2004 (​Industry Standard​)
• 7.4B: net worth of Ernesto Bertarelli (2/25/04 Forbes)
• 7.3B: total economic production of Moldova. PPP GDP 2004 (World Bank)
• 7.2B: net worth of George Soros (2005 Forbes)
• 7.2B: revenue of Nebraska state government, 2003 (US Census​)
• 7.1B: net worth of Charles Ergen (2005 Forbes)
• 7.1B: total economic production of Malawi. PPP GDP 2004 (World Bank)
• 7B: US gross, video gaming industry, 2003 (17 June 2004 MSNBC​)
• 7B: solar energy per year worldwide business (28 July 2004 MSNBC​)
• 6.9B: net worth of Philip H Knight (2005 Forbes)
• 6.9B: revenue of Alaska state government, 2003 (US Census​)
• 6.8B: revenue of Maine state government, 2003 (US Census​)
• 6.8B: revenue of Hawaii state government, 2003 (US Census​)
• 6.7B: net worth of Rupert Murdoch (2005 Forbes)
• 6.6B to 9.9B: damage from Southern drought/heat wave, US, Summer 1998 (NCDC: 6-9B at the time, 6.6-9.9B adj. to 2002\$)
• 6.6B: brought into South Africa annually by gold industry (28 March 2005 NatGeo​)
• 6.5B: damage from Hurricane Floyd 1999 (adj. 2002\$) (NCDC: 6B at the time, 6.5B adj. to 2002\$)
• 6.5B: damage from Hurricane Jeanne, Sept. 2004 (​NCDC​)
• 6.5B: damage from Hurricane Georges, 1998 (adj. 2002\$) (NCDC: 5.9B at the time, 6.5B adj. to 2002\$)
• 6.3B to 7.6B: damage from March 1993 blizzard: "Storm of the Century" (NCDC: 5-6B at the time, 6.3-7.6B adj. to 2002\$)
• 6.3B: assets of W.K. Kellogg Foundation (3/4/04 Chronicle of Philanthropy​)
• 6.1B: WorldCom settlement, to be returned to investors after fraud case (22 Sep 2005 NYDN)
• 6.0B: assets of David and Lucile Packard Foundation (3/4/04 Chronicle of Philanthropy​)
A Few Billion
• \$5.9B: outdoor advertising revenue in the U.S. in 2004 (​Industry Standard​)
• 5.8B: damage from Hurricane Fran, 1996 (NOAA: 3.2B. NCDC: 5B at the time, 5.8 adj. to 2002\$)
• 5.8B: revenue of Rhode Island state government, 2003 (US Census​)
• 5.6B: expected Super Bowl spending by consumers 2005 (NRF)
• 5.4B: revenue of Idaho state government, 2003 (US Census​)
• 5.3B: revenue of Starbucks 2004 (​Forbes​)
• 5.3B: total economic production of Bahamas. PPP GDP 2004 (World Bank)
• 5.2B: revenue of New Hampshire state government, 2003 (US Census​)
• 5.2B: total economic production of Fiji. PPP GDP 2004 (World Bank)
• 5.1B: damage from Tropical Storm Allison 2001 (NCDC: 5B at the time, 5.1B adj. to 2002\$)
• 5.1B: total economic production of Mongolia. PPP GDP 2004 (World Bank)
• 5.0B: revenue of Delaware state government, 2003 (US Census​)
• 5B: annual damage by zebra mussels in USA (1999 Cornell​)
• 4.9B: amount brought to New Orleans by convention travel in 2004. (28-29 Sep 2005 USA Today)
• 4.8B: net worth of Jeffrey Bezos (2005 Forbes)
• 4.7B: Women, Infants and Children nutrition program funding for FY 2003-04 (5/27/04 Wapo)
• 4.7B: net worth of Francois Pinault (2/25/04 Forbes)
• 4.6B: net worth of Shari Arison (2/25/04 Forbes)
• 4.6B: revenue of Montana state government, 2003 (US Census​)
• 4.5B: net worth of David Geffen (2005 Forbes)
• 4.5B: net worth of Walter Haefner (2/25/04 Forbes)
• 4.4B: total economic production of Central African Republic. PPP GDP 2004 (World Bank)
• 4.4B: total economic production of Sierra Leone. PPP GDP 2004 (World Bank)
• 4.2B: net worth of Ross Perot (2005 Forbes)
• 4.2B: average annual sum spent on nuclear weapons by US during the Cold War, adjusted for inflation (23 April 2004 Slate)
• 4.1B: damage from North Plains flooding, 1997 (NCDC: 3.7B at the time, 4.1B adj. to 2002\$)
• 4B: revenue from athletics programs in higher education annually (9/16/02 NCAA)
• 4B: how much the Harry Potter brand is worth (18 July 2005 Business Week)
• 4.0B: damage from 1983 Florida freeze (NCDC: 2B at the time, 4B adj. to 2002\$)
• 4.0B: damage from drought/heat wave, US, Summer 2000 (​NCDC​)
• 3.9B: funding to combat avian flu in the defense spending bill approved by US Senate (10/8/05 WaPo)
• 3.9B: revenue of McDonald's, 2004 (McD)
• 3.9B: total spent on 2004 US congressional and presidential campaigns (Open Secrets​)
• 3.6B: Summer 2005 domestic US movie gross box office (5 Sept 2005 CNN)
• 3.6B: revenue of Vermont state government, 2003 (US Census​)
• 3.5B: net worth of George Lucas (2005 Forbes)
• 3.4B: revenue of Wyoming state government, 2003 (US Census​)
• 3.3B: total economic production of Guyana. PPP GDP 2004 (World Bank)
• 3.3B: revenue of North Dakota state government, 2003 (US Census​)
• 3.3B: net worth of Ralph Lauren (2005 Forbes)
• 3.3B: net worth of Steven Jobs (2005 Forbes)
• 3.3B: net worth of Viktor Vekselberg (2/25/04 Forbes)
• 3.1M: annual cost of flood damage, USA (​Making Waves)
• 3B to 5B: global sales of Budweiser beer during 12 months ending Q1 2001 (​ACNielsen​)
• 3B to 5B: global sales of Cambell's soup during 12 months ending Q1 2001 (​ACNielsen​)
• 3B to 5B: global sales of Kellog's cereal during 12 months ending Q1 2001 (​ACNielsen​)
• 3B to 5B: global sales of Pamper's diapers during 12 months ending Q1 2001 (​ACNielsen​)
• 2.9B: revenue of South Dakota state government, 2003 (US Census​)
• 2.7B: net worth of Donald Trump (2005 Forbes)
• 2.7B: net worth of Steven Spielberg (2005 Forbes)
• 2.7B: foreign aid paid by USA to Israel, 2003, \$2.1B in military aid + \$600M in economic aid. (12 April 2004 CSM)
• 2.5B: net worth of David Rockefeller (2005 Forbes)
• 2.2B: net worth of Leona Helmsley (2005 Forbes)
• 2B to 3B: global sales of Benson & Hedges cigarettes during 12 months ending Q1 2001 (​ACNielsen​)
• 2B to 3B: global sales of Camel cigarettes during 12 months ending Q1 2001 (​ACNielsen​)
• 2B to 3B: global sales of Danone yogurt during 12 months ending Q1 2001 (​ACNielsen​)
• 2B to 3B: global sales of Fanta soft drinks during 12 months ending Q1 2001 (​ACNielsen​)
• 2B to 3B: global sales of Friskies pet food during 12 months ending Q1 2001 (​ACNielsen​)
• 2B to 3B: global sales of Gillette razors during 12 months ending Q1 2001 (​ACNielsen​)
• 2B to 3B: global sales of Huggies diapers during 12 months ending Q1 2001 (​ACNielsen​)
• 2B to 3B: global sales of Nescafe coffee during 12 months ending Q1 2001 (​ACNielsen​)
• 2B to 3B: global sales of Sprite soft drinks during 12 months ending Q1 2001 (​ACNielsen​)
• 2B to 3B: global sales of Tide detergent during 12 months ending Q1 2001 (​ACNielsen​)
• 2B to 3B: global sales of Tropicana drinks during 12 months ending Q1 2001 (​ACNielsen​)
• 2B to 3B: global sales of Wrigley's chewing gum during 12 months ending Q1 2001 (​ACNielsen​)
• 2.0B: net worth of Ted Turner (2005 Forbes)
• 2B: annual airline operating costs and passenger delays caused by lightning, USA (​Making Waves)
• 1.9B: foreign aid paid by USA to Egypt, \$1.3B in military aid + \$615M for social programs. (12 April 2004 CSM)
• 1.9B: expected St. Patrick's Day consumer spending, USA, 2005 (​About.com​)
• 1.8B: net worth of Ricardo Salinas Pliego (2/25/04 Forbes)
• 1.8B: total worldwide box office gross for Titanic (9.14.05 Movie Times)
• 1.7B: damage caused by wildfire in the Oakland Hills and Berkeley, 1991 (​Insurance News Net: 1.7B. Making Waves: 2.5B)
• 1.7B: net worth of Dhanin Chearavanont (2/25/04 Forbes)
• 1.6B: economy of Houston (9/26/05 USA Today)
• 1.4B: raised by Salvation Army, USA, in the year ending September 1999 (​Guinness​)
• 1.4B: net worth of Oprah Winfrey (2005 Forbes)
• 1.3B: total US box office gross for Gone With the Wind, adjusted for inflation (9.14.05 Movie Times)
• 1.3B: annual translation costs for European Union (24 Feb. 2005 Nat.Geo.​)
• 1.3B: net worth of Barry Diller (2005 Forbes)
• 1.2B: net worth of Roy Disney (2005 Forbes)
• 1.2B: net worth of William Clay Ford (2005 Forbes)
• 1.2B: net worth of Ernest Gallo (2005 Forbes)
• 1.2B: net worth of Winthrop Rockefeller (2005 Forbes)
• 1.2B: net worth of Richard Mellon Scaife (2005 Forbes)
• 1.1B: savings proposed by eliminating federal dairy programs (​CAGW​)
• 1.1B: total worldwide box office gross for Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (9.14.05 Movie Times)
• 1.1B: annual damage by pigeons, USA (1999 Cornell​)
• 1.1B: total US box office gross for Star Wars, adjusted for inflation (9.14.05 Movie Times)
• 1.1B: donations to Red Cross for Hurricane Katrina relief (10/8/05 PR Newswire​)
• 1B: annual costs of fire ants, damage and control, in USA (1999 Cornell​)
• 1B: annual damage by Formosan termites in the USA (1999 Cornell​)
• 1B: annual damage to crops and property from hail in the US (4 Aug. 2003 NatGeo​)
• 1B: annual damage by Asian clam (​Corbicula fluminea​) in the USA (1999 Cornell​)
• 1.0B: total economic production of Samoa. PPP GDP 2004 (World Bank)
• 1.0B: the running total raised by the Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon since it was first broadcast in 1966 (​Guinness​)
• 1B: cost of damage by lightning, annually, USA (​Making Waves)
• 1B: donated by Ted Turner to the UN, 1997 (​Guinness​)
Millions
Upper Hundreds of Millions
• \$969M: total worldwide box office gross for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (9.14.05 Movie Times)
• 970M: net worth of Martha Stewart (2005 Forbes)
• 925M: total worldwide box office gross for Star Wars: the Phantom Menace (9.14.05 Movie Times)
• 921M: total worldwide box office gross for Lord of the Rings: the Two Towers (9.14.05 Movie Times)
• 920M: total worldwide box office gross for Jurassic Park (9.14.05 Movie Times)
• 912M: total worldwide box office gross for Shrek 2 (9.14.05 Movie Times)
• 900M: net worth of William Barron Hilton (2005 Forbes)
• 870M: total US box office gross for The Sound of Music, adjusted for inflation (9.14.05 Movie Times)
• 870M: sales of board games, US, 2003 (TD Monthly​)
• 866M: total worldwide box office gross for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (9.14.05 Movie Times)
• 861M: total worldwide box office gross for Lord of the Rings: the Fellowship of the Ring (9.14.05 Movie Times)
• 861M: total US box office gross for ET, adjusted for inflation (9.14.05 Movie Times)
• 853M: total worldwide box office gross for Finding Nemo (9.14.05 Movie Times)
• 843M: total worldwide box office gross for Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith (9.14.05 Movie Times)
• 900M: net worth of Steve Case (2005 Forbes)
• 813M: total worldwide box office gross for Independence Day (9.14.05 Movie Times)
• 807M: total worldwide box office gross for Spider Man (9.14.05 Movie Times)
• 801M: total US box office gross for The Ten Commandments​, adjusted for inflation (9.14.05 Movie Times)
• 800M: annual damage by feral pigs in the USA (1999 Cornell​)
• 800M: annual damage by starlings in the USA (1999 Cornell​)
• 798M: total worldwide box office gross for Star Wars (9.14.05 Movie Times)
• 790M: total worldwide box office gross for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (9.14.05 Movie Times)
• 789M: total US box office gross for Titanic, adjusted for inflation (9.14.05 Movie Times)
• 783M: total US box office gross for Jaws, adjusted for inflation (9.14.05 Movie Times)
• 750M: Boston Scientific Corp. agreed to pay to its former partner in a settlement that ends a bitter contract dispute over the sale of heart stents. (22 Sept 2005 AP)
• 750M: net worth of Teresa Heinz Kerry (2004 Forbes)
• 740M: total US box office gross for Dr. Zhivago​, adjusted for inflation (9.14.05 Movie Times)
• 725M: damage caused by wildfire in Orange and Los Angeles County, 1991.​Insurance News Net
• 662M: total US box office gross for Snow White and the Seven Dwarves​, adjusted for inflation (9.14.05 Movie Times)
• 650M: total US box office gross for The Jungle Book, adjusted for inflation (9.14.05 Movie Times)
• 642M: total US box office gross for Ben-Hur​, adjusted for inflation (9.14.05 Movie Times)
• 627M: total US box office gross for 101 Dalmatians​, adjusted for inflation (9.14.05 Movie Times)
• 625M: The costliest US hailstorm: Denver, 1990 (4 Aug. 2003 NatGeo​)
• 615M: total US box office gross for The Exorcist​, adjusted for inflation (9.14.05 Movie Times)
• 601M: total US box office gross for Titanic (9.14.05 Movie Times)
• 500M: value of 20 paintings stolen (and quickly recovered) from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, 1991 (​Guinness​)
Lower Hundreds of Millions
• \$481M: savings proposed by eliminating US government's Freedom Cooperative Automotive Research Partnership (​CAGW​)
• 465M: a Californian jury found Toshiba guilty of theft of trade secrets from Lexar and issued damages of 465M, the Largest IP Verdict in California History (3/25/05 DPReview​)
• 456M: KPMG agreed to pay in fines, restitution and penalties for tax fraud, 2005 (IRS)
• 450M: selling price of Washington Nationals baseball team (28 Sept. 2005 WaPo)
• 441M: total US gross in 2004 for Shrek 2 (​boxofficemojo​)
• 425M: value of surplus weaponry available for the US government to give away annually under the Excess Defense Articles program (FAS)
• 415M: annual cost of dog bites in USA: 165M on medical treatment + 250M lost work (1999 Cornell​)
• 408: Michael Jordan's net worth (19 June 2003 MJS)
• 400M: US government funding of Corp. Public Broadcast (PBS) "last year" (6/10/05 Wapo)
• 400M: cost of robotic Mars explorer Spirit (CNN)
• 400M: 5-year cost of a global action plan to save amphibians from extinction (19 Sept 2005 BBC)
• 374M: total US gross in 2004 for Spider-Man 2 (​boxofficemojo​)
• 370M: total US gross in 2004 for The Passion of the Christ (​boxofficemojo​)
• 363M: the USA's record lottery jackpot, shared by two Mega Millions winners, 2000 (Sept. 19, 2005 AP)
• 333M: contributions by finance, insurance and real estate industries to 2004 elections, US (Open Secrets​)
• 314.9M: the largest single-ticket lottery winner, USA, 2002 (Sept. 19, 2005 AP. Guinness​)
• 310M: damage caused by an outbreak multiple tornadoes on April 3-4, 1974 (​Making Waves)
• 306M: GW Bush reelection campaign, 2004 (Open Secrets​)
• 300M: value in today's money of 13 artworks stolen from Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 1990 (3/13/05 Boston Globe: 300M. Guinness​: 200M ?unadjusted?)
• 290M: George Lucas's earnings for the past year (2005 Forbes)
• 279M: total US gross in 2004 for Meet the Fockers (​boxofficemojo​)
• 261M: total US gross in 2004 for The Incredibles (​boxofficemojo​)
• 250M: total US gross in 2004 for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (​boxofficemojo​)
• 242M: John Kerry's presidential election campaign, 2004 (Open Secrets​)
• 236M: deal to pay Carnival Cruise Lines to house hurricane Katrina evacuees (10/9/05 LA Times)
• 225M: Oprah Winfrey's earnings for the past year (2005 Forbes)
• 215M: revenue of the NY Yankees, 2001 season (US Sports Academy​)
• 200M: annual damage by shipworm (Teredo navalis) in USA (1999 Cornell​)
• 200M: counterfeit US currency in circulation (10/22/04 Nat.Geo.​)
• 185M: Mel Gibson's earnings for the past year (2005 Forbes)
• 180M: presumed value of gold found in S.S. Republic​, an 1865 shipwreck off Georgia. (1 Dec. 2003 Nat.Geo.​)
• 160M: annual savings proposed by eliminating US government's sugar subsidies (​CAGW​)
• 160M: revenue of the Atlanta Braves, 2001 season (US Sports Academy​)
• 152M: revenue of the NY Knicks, 1999-2000 season (US Sports Academy​)
• 150M: annual savings proposed by eliminating US government's Advanced Technology Program (​CAGW​)
• 150M: paid by GlaxoSmithKline to settle a US drug pricing case (20 Sep 2005 Yahoo)
• 147M: annual cost of house fires caused by lightning, USA (​Making Waves)
• 132M: revenue of the LA Lakers, 1999-2000 season (US Sports Academy​)
• 126M: annual savings proposed by eliminating US government's High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Program (​CAGW​)
• 123M: contributions by health industry to 2004 elections, US (Open Secrets​)
• 100M: annual cost of electric outages caused by lightning, USA (​Making Waves)
• 100M: annual cost of forest fires caused by lightning, USA (​Making Waves)
• 100M: five-year contract between Shaquille O'Neal and the Miami Heat (ESPN)
• 100M: wasted commercial airline tickets at the Dept. of Defence, 1997-2003 (​Heritage​)
• 100M: gems stolen from Antwerp Diamond Center, 2003 (Crime Library. Guinness​)
Tens of Millions
• \$98M: revenue of the NY Rangers, 1999-2000 season (US Sports Academy​)
• 90.1M: lost by Cutthroat Island, biggest flop in history (1995, MGM/Carolco) Budget: 100M+. US Box Office: 9.9M (MSN)
• 87M: Tiger Woods's earnings for the past year (2005 Forbes)
• 85.6M to 95.6M: lost by The Adventures of Pluto Nash (2002, Warner Bros.) Budget: 90M-100M. US Box Office: 4.4M (MSN)
• 82.5M: Portrait of Dr. Gachet by Vincent Van Gogh sold, 1990. Top price for a painting. (So You Wanna)
• 80M: Steven Spielberg's earnings for the past year (2005 Forbes)
• 80M: the biggest record contract ever, the deal between Virgin and Mariah Carey, 2001 (​Yahoo​)
• 79M: annual savings proposed by eliminating US government's EPA grants to nonprofits (​CAGW​)
• 78.3M to 83.3M: lost by Town & Country (2001, New Line) Budget: 85M-90M. US Box Office: 6.7M (MSN)
• 78.1M: Au Moulin de la Galette by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, sold 1990 (So You Wanna)
• 76.5M: Dan Brown's earning for the past year (2005 Forbes)
• 71.5M: Portrait de l'artiste sans barbe by Vincent Van Gogh, sold 1998 (So You Wanna)
• 67.8M: Brazil's biggest theft, tunnel into bank vault (8/10/2005 SJMN)
• 66M: Jerry Bruckheimer's earnings for the past year (2005 Forbes)
• 62.4M to 82.4M: lost by The Postman (1997, Warner Bros.) Budget: 80M-100M. US Box Office: 17.6M (MSN)
• 61.5M: contributions by organized labor to 2004 elections, US (Open Secrets​)
• 60.5M: Still Life with Curtain, Pitcher, and Bowl of Fruit by Paul Cezanne, sold 1999 (So You Wanna)
• 60M: Michael Schumacher's earnings for the past year (2005 Forbes)
• 59.1M: J.K. Rowling's earnings for the past year (2005 Forbes)
• 57M: David Copperfield's earnings for the past year (2005 Forbes)
• 57M: raised by the 2001 Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon (​Guinness​)
• 54M: F. Ross Johnson's golden handshake (buyout terminating an executive contract) from RJR Nabisco, 1989 (​Guinness​)
• 52.6M: energy and natural resources industry contributions to 2004 elections, US (Open Secrets​)
• 51.7M: Les Noces de Pierrette by Picasso, sold 1989 (So You Wanna)
• 50M: robbery of Belfast's Northern Bank, 2004. Biggest all-cash robbery in British history (Crime Library)
• 50M: Madonna's earnings for the past year (2005 Forbes)
• 50M: annual damage by mongooses, in Hawaii and Puerto Rico (​Cornell​)
• 49.7M: Prince's earnings for the past year (2005 Forbes)
• 49.5M: Woman Seated in a Garden by Picasso, sold 1999 (So You Wanna)
• 49M: savings proposed by eliminating US government's Defense Travel System, annually (​CAGW​)
• 49M: Irises by Vincent Van Gogh, sold 1987 (So You Wanna)
• 45M: annual costs of loosestrife (weed), damage and control, in USA (1999 Cornell​)
• 44M: Elton John's earnings for the past year (2005 Forbes)
• 40M: David Letterman's earnings for the past year (2005 Forbes)
• 40M: Will Ferrell's earnings for the past year (2005 Forbes)
• 40M: cost of 2005 presidential inauguration, not including security (11 Jan. 2005 WaPo)
• 38M: Oscar De La Hoya's earnings for the past year (2005 Forbes)
• 35M: earned by Elvis Presley's estate, 2000 (​Guinness​)
• 34M: Shania Twain's earnings for the past year (2005 Forbes)
• 33.4M: Shaquille O'Neal's earnings for the past year (2005 Forbes)
• 33M: Michael Jordan's earnings for the past year (2005 Forbes)
• 32.5M: David Beckham's earnings for the past year (2005 Forbes)
• 31M: Tom Cruise's earnings for the past year (2005 Forbes)
• 31M: Howard Stern's earnings for the past year (2005 Forbes)
• 30M: Rush Limbaugh's earnings for the past year (2005 Forbes)
• 28.8M: Kobe Bryant's earnings for the past year (2005 Forbes)
• 28M: Lance Armstrong's earnings for the past year (2005 Forbes)
• 28M: Judge Judy Sheindlin's earnings for the past year (2005 Forbes)
• 17.3M: cost of 2005 presidential inauguration security paid by DC, incl. 5.4M reimbursed by Feds (11 Jan. 2005 WaPo)
• 17.0M: value of US defense contracts awarded to Lockheed Martin Corp. 2002 (DOD)
• 16.6M: value of US defense contracts awarded to Boeing Co. 2002 (DOD)
• 16.5M: most valuable jewel, 1995 (​Guinness​)
• 16.2M: defense industry contributions to 2004 elections, US (Open Secrets​)
• 15.1M: most valuable piece of furniture, 1990 (​Guinness​)
• 14M: largest book advance, for Tom Clancy' Without Remorse in 1992 (​Guinness​)
• 11.0M: most valuable watch, 1999 (​Guinness​)
• 10.2M: judgement against a debt-collection operation, National Check Control, for intimidating consumers into paying debts (WaPo)
• 10.1M: top auction price for a stamp collection, 1993 (​Guinness​)
Millions
• 6.5M: Paris Hilton's earnings for the past year (2005 Forbes)
• 6M: Bill Clinton's earnings for the past year (2005 Forbes)
• \$5.9M to10.2M: unit cost of a H-60 Black Hawk military helicopter (Global Security​)
• 5.8M: embezzling via government credit cards at the Dept. of Agriculture (​Heritage​)
• 4.3M: cost of single M1 Abrams Main Battle Tank (Global Security​)
• 3.0M: most valuable clock, 1999 (​Guinness​)
• 2.2M: most valuable single stamp, 2001 (​Guinness​)
Hundreds of Thousands
• \$959T: auction price of Eric Clapton's 'Blackie' Fender Stratocaster guitar, 2004. (​Guinness​)
• 400T: annual salary of the President of the USA (​U.Mich.​)