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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.



    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.


    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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