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We all like to daydream about what we would do if we had all the money in the world.
But let’s say you only had $5 billion. What would you do with it?
One person online asked this question, and people did not disappoint with their answers.
Here are the most popular ones.
#1. Animal Sanctuary
Helping animals should not come as a surprise since so many people have pets.
Many people commented that they would spend money on buying hundreds of acres and creating animal sanctuaries worldwide.
#2. Do Nothing For Now
Surprisingly, many people said they would do nothing with the money. At least for now.
This is a smart answer because going on a spending spree would be so easy.
Before you know it, you blew through much of your money.
Doing nothing, at least for a few days, allows you to think about what you really want and the best ways to use the money.
Does it surprise you that most people said they would quit working?
After all, when being interviewed on the news when buying a lottery ticket, most people usually respond with “I’m quitting” when asked what they will do if they win.
It’s safe to say that with $5 billion, you can retire early and not have to worry about working again.
#4. Buy Land
Land is a great investment.
We cannot create more of it, and there will always be a demand.
As a result, some people are interested in buying lots of land.
It is unclear if the goal is to flip it and earn a return on it, develop it, or use it for some other endeavor.
#5. Off Grid Fortress
With $5 billion, one person said they would build a fortress.
But not any fortress. One that was 100% off the grid could survive the apocalypse.
I don’t know if they were wearing a tin foil hat when typing their response or not.
#6. Help Out Family and Friends
Helping out friends and family financially was also a popular answer.
Many people said they would pay off the debt of their friends and family members.
Some even said they would buy homes for these people as well.
#7. Build Homeless Shelters
Many people realize there is a homeless crisis in the country, and little is being done about it.
As a result, many people said they would use the money to build homeless shelters in hopes of finally solving the problem.
#8. Donate It
Another popular answer was donating money.
Many people said that $5 billion was more than they needed, so they would keep enough to be financially independent and then donate the rest to popular causes to help others.
#9. Eggs, Lawyers, Student Loans, and Universal Healthcare
Some of the answers revolve around the current economic climate we are in.
One person said they would finally be able to afford eggs. As it currently stands, they cannot afford the item because of inflation and the bird flu’s impact on egg prices.
Another person said they would use the money to pay off their student loans.
Many others agreed, with some going as far as wanting to pay off others’ debt as well.
As one person said, “Pay off my student loans then use the leftover to buy a large combo meal at the fanciest Wendy’s in town!”
Finally, another person talked about using the money to buy votes so politicians would finally pass universal healthcare.
#10. Become A Supervillain
A final vote that I’m hoping is more humor than reality is to become a supervillain like Dr. Evil.
I guess some people enjoy the idea of causing havoc, though my belief is they are simply saying this, and if they came into enough money, they wouldn’t follow through.
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