How much is one TRILLION dollars actually

6 03 2009

About a month ago, I referenced Glenn Beck’s video talking about the bail-out package.  I was trying to let some people know just how much one trillion actually is… it is a million millions!  Well, this guy recently used Google Sketch-up to demonstrate what one trillion dollars would actually look like (made out of $100 bills).

All this talk about “stimulus packages” and “bailouts”…

A billion dollars…

A hundred billion dollars…

Eight hundred billion dollars…

One TRILLION dollars…

What does that look like?

We’ll start with a $100 dollar bill. Currently the largest U.S. denomination in general circulation. Most everyone has seen them, slightly fewer have owned them. Guaranteed to make friends wherever they go.


A packet of one hundred $100 bills is less than 1/2″ thick and contains $10,000. Fits in your pocket easily and is more than enough for week or two of shamefully decadent fun.


Believe it or not, this next little pile is $1 million dollars (100 packets of $10,000). You could stuff that into a grocery bag and walk around with it.


While a measly $1 million looked a little unimpressive, $100 million is a little more respectable. It fits neatly on a standard pallet…


And $1 BILLION dollars… now we’re really getting somewhere…


Next we’ll look at ONE TRILLION dollars. This is that number we’ve been hearing about so much. What is a trillion dollars? Well, it’s a million million. It’s a thousand billion. It’s a one followed by 12 zeros.

You ready for this?

It’s pretty surprising.

Go ahead…

Scroll down…

Ladies and gentlemen… I give you $1 trillion dollars


(And notice those pallets are double stacked.)

So the next time you hear someone toss around the phrase “trillion dollars”… that’s what they’re talking about.

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11 responses

8 03 2009

That is a pretty awesome illustration. I wouldn’t mind walking into a warehouse full of pallets like that.

19 03 2010

I wouldn’t mind walking into a storage closet with just one pallet. 😛

19 03 2010

Greedy greedy, just let me fill my pockets – don’t need no stinking pallet.

19 03 2010
JL Wallace

Oh, to be a member of the Rothschild Banking Dynasty…

19 03 2010

I’m pretty suprised. Interesting bar bet: Using $100 bills, Do you think you can fit a billion dollars in your house? The answer clearly is yes. I mean, a few pallets can buy you a MLB baseball team

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25 06 2010

wow thats alot of money

8 01 2011
Duane Melcher

What is the measurement of the Trillion Dollors?

23 07 2011

true… you know what they say…People who own only nine shares of a company’s stock should not be allowed to make shareholder proxy proposals

24 04 2012
Matt Donley

Wow, that’s pretty crazy. What a great way to really visualize that much money. Great use of Sketchup by the way. Instead of showing a person for scale reference, maybe you should have a toilet so we can actually see where all that money goes, lol.

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