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Thread: If You Were a Billionaire for Five Hours

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    When Paul Fischer checked his bank account Friday night, he had a happy surprise. His balance had exploded to $88,888,888,888.88. A very lucky number indeed, and close to $89 billion.







    Of course, the balance was a technical error by SunTrust Bank (NYSE: STI - News), which quickly fixed the problem. It also may have occurred in other accounts.







    "You say, 'Eighty-eight billion, what can I do with that?'" said Mr. Fischer, who owns a jewelry concessionaire for Florida theme parks. "Maybe a handful of us could have brought down SunTrust Bank."







    Mr. Fischer had other ideas as well. Before the problem was fixed, he asked a SunTrust rep if he could move the money to an interest-bearing account until it was reclaimed and donate the interest to charity. Total interest: more than $7.3 million.







    The bank said no.







    The money was stripped out of his account by Saturday morning.







    "It's all gone. I'm poor again," he said. "I was a billionaire for five hours."







    This kind of bank error happens frequently. But Mr. Fischer raises an interesting question: What if, for five hours, you truly did have $89 billion?







    What would you do with the money? The ground rules are that you would have to give the money back — and whatever you bought or invested with it — after five hours.







    Source: http://finance.yahoo.com/banking-bud...for-five-hours



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    Holy crap!!!

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    This sound cool a billionaire for 5 hours lol.

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    I would keep one million pounds for my own future and give the rest away to people who really need it.

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    [quote name='Strider' date='06 April 2010 - 12:19 PM' timestamp='1270552768' post='13071']



    I would keep one million pounds for my own future and give the rest away to people who really need it.



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    But then you would have to repay the money you spent during your 5 hours of being a billionare... So No matter what you do with the cash you will have to repay it which will bring you back where you started...

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    Whoa. If I was a billionaire for five hours, I probably would want to make sure I don't get a bill for it later, first. And then I'd go on a mass spending spree in the shopping centre. Buy a home, car, etc... hahaha.

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    I would get every car I want, then make sure I dont have to pay any bills, then give half of the rest of the money to my family, then keep the rest.

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    I's start by moving it all completely offshore, just as a precaution. Once the transfers were complete, i'd go ahead and head to Vegas where i'd promptly get as drunk as humanly possible, find the best looking women, and make a memory.







    Or maybe i'd just buy out a few global corporations... who knows >_>

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