master political analyst
- Dec 3, 2009
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- The Golden State
- Political Leaning
Of course, it's Bill Gates, provided his monopolistic heart keeps beating for another 20 years or so. In fact, in the most optimistic of the four scenarios below - which assumes Microsoft shares continue to rise at their historic, nothin'-but-blue-sky rates - Gates will become a trillionaire just five years from now, and a quadrillionaire (1,000 trillion) before he hits retirement age.
It hasn't happened yet, but it just might, the world's first trillionaire.
To put that in perspective, if you spent a million dollars every day, that would be 365.25 million a year. It would take 2.74 years to spend a billion dollars, and 2,740 years to spend a trillion.
Oh, and a quadrillion is about 67 years of the entire GDP of the United States.