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Neil deGrasse Tyson: Bill Gates Wouldn’t Bother Picking Up $45,000 Off The Ground

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Neil deGrasse Tyson: Bill Gates Wouldn’t Bother Picking Up $45,000 Off The Ground

Ever wonder how rich the uber rich are? When it comes to the uber uber uber rich, Bill Gates is typically the first name that comes to mind. In a 2011 video, the always charismatic Neil deGrasse Tyson used Gates’ wealth as an example during a talk.

Tyson explained how rich Gates with a simple example:

If Tyson was walking down the street and saw a penny, he wouldn’t bother picking it up. If he saw a quarter, however, he would pick it up. He views that as a useful amount of money. Same probably goes for you as well, right?

If Gates was walking down the street and saw a quarter, he (in theory) would definitely not pick it up. In order to have the relatively same amount of money on the street that it would be worthwhile to him, Bill Gates would have to stumble across $45,000 on the ground. That’s the equivalent of a quarter ($0.25) to you and me.

Now how’s that for depressing? You’re welcome.

Jeff is an education and technology lover who has worked in far too many industries to count. Okay, like maybe 5 or 6. Jeff can indeed count that high but it’s not recommended. Jeff also likes to write bios in the third-person.

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