**Understanding the Super Wealthy**

**What is the difference between a millionaire and a billionaire? **

I always found it difficult to comprehend the wealth of the owners and those chartering these yachts. Looking online I found some useful everyday comparisons which show the incredible leap from millionaire to billionaire, way higher than I ever imaged.

Hopefully you will find the below examples useful in helping understand the super wealthy and appreciating the level of wealth of some you may meet.

A million:

• One million is a thousand thousands.

• One million is a 1 with six zeros after it, denoted by 1,000,000.

• One million seconds is about 11 and a half days.

• One million pennies stacked on top of each other would make a tower nearly a mile high.

• If you earn $45,000 a year, it would take 22 years to amass a fortune of one million dollars.

• One million ants would weigh a little over six pounds.

• One million dollars divided evenly among the U.S. population would mean everyone in the United States would receive about one third of one cent.

A billion:

• One billion is a thousand millions.

• One billion is a 1 with nine zeros after it, denoted by 1,000,000,000.

• One billion seconds is about 31 and a half years.

• One billion pennies stacked on top of each other would make a tower almost 870 miles high.

• If you earn $45,000 a year, it would take 22,000 years to amass a fortune of one billion dollars.

• One billion ants would weight over 3 tons - a little less than the weight of an elephant.

• One billion dollars divided equally among the U.S. population would mean that everyone in the United States would receive about $3.33.

Quite a sharp difference, so when talking about millions to run a yacht, for a billionaire this is relative pocket money in comparison.

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Written by Ben Proctor

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