Infographic: How Many Billionaires Would It Take to Buy Manhattan?

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It can be hard for most Americans to imagine just how rich the richest people in the world are. But here’s a comparison you might be able to wrap your mind around: While most of us struggle to afford even a single studio apartment in Manhattan, the world’s top 12 richest people could buy the entire borough’s residential stock, according to the real estate site

The Property Shark team used real estate data on residential property values and the Forbes list of the world’s richest individuals to estimate how Manhattan could be split up among the world’s elite moneymakers. Bill Gates, please dedicate your fortune to buying us all apartments.


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