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$.12        In 1834 Delmonico's, one of NY's finest restaurants, provided a meal of soup, steak, coffee & half a pie for 12 cents.
    (SFEC, 5/18/97, Z1 p.6)

$.89         In 1954 the TV Dinner was 1st put on sale by Swanson and Sons. The turkey, sweet potatoes and peas package was priced at 89 cents.
    (MC, 4/6/02)(WSJ, 1/7/04, p.B1)

$3.50        The 6-story Lake Merritt Hotel opened in Oakland in 1927 and mayor John Davis proclaimed it to be Oakland’s most exclusive apartment hotel. A room cost $3.50 a night.
    (SFCM, 6/23/02, p.40)

$7        NYC land at Broadway & Wall Street sold at a record $7 per sq. inch on Feb 1, 1926.
    (MC, 2/1/02)

$240-$360    In 1996 seven people were executed for selling women. An additional 54 were given suspended death sentences. 334 women were rescued from being sold into marriage or prostitution under the going rate.
    (SFC, 10/12/96, p.A11)

$399        The new 12-gigabyte disk drive from Quantum Corp.
    (WSJ, 11/10/97, p.B6)

$895         It was reported that IBM has a new 16.8-gigabyte disk drive for $895.
    (WSJ, 11/10/97, p.B6)

$1070        In 1941 the US annual median income was $1,070, or about $20 per day.
    (SFEC, 9/28/97, Z1 p.2)

$7,000        Per month 1995 cost for wrapped advertising on a city bus, plus $11,000 for the production of the graphics.
    (BJSJ, 10/30/95, p.7)

$8,500        The Ukraine military in 2002 offered a half-hour flight on the MiG-29 for $8,500.
    (SFC, 9/13/02, p.A12)

$11,000    A sex change operation cost this much in 1998.
    (SFEC, 11/8/98, p.A7)

$18,400    The price of an 1847 bottle of Chateau d'Yquem wine auctioned by Sotheby's.
    (Hem, 8/95, p.91)

$21,000    A desert robe worn by Lawrence of Arabia was sold for this amount at auction on Thursday. It had been given by Lawrence to his army chum Arthur Russell more than 70 years ago.
    (V. Sun, 11/3/95, p.A-20)

$36,950    The Lincoln Mark VIII advertised in the WSJ.
    (WSJ, 10/11/96, p.B20)

$62,700    The 1996 cut off for the social security tax of 12.4%

$85,000    1934 May 23, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were shot some 4 dozen times by police after the pair had spent the previous 2 years killing and robbing banks in the Midwest. In 1997 Clyde’s bullet-ridden shirt was auctioned off to a Nevado casino for this amount. His largest theft was estimated at $4,000.
    (SFC, 4/3/97, p.A13)(SFC, 4/15/97, p.A13)

$100,000    In 1885 $100,000 was raised in US for a pedestal for the Statue of Liberty.
    (MC, 8/11/02)

$131,040    1997 Jun 9, A California state commission decided to raise the salary of Gov. Wilson to $131,040. It would make him the highest paid governor in the nation.
    (SFC, 6/10/97, p.A19)

$136,600    In 1997 the US House of Representatives voted themselves a $3,000 pay increase, the equivalent of a 2.3% raise on $133,600.
    (SFC, 9/18/97, p.A3)

$800,000    The annual salary of Franklyn Jenifer, former president of Howard University. He was the highest paid private univ. president.
    (SFC, 10/18/96, B1)

$1.8 Mil    A 1933 Alpha Romeo sold for this amount at the Concours d’Elegance.
    (AAM, 3/96, p.9)

$2 Mil        A Guttenberg bible sold for $2,000,000 in NYC in 1978.
    (MC, 4/7/02)

$2.4 Mil    A Gutenberg Bible (1 of 21) sold for $2.4 million in London on Jun 9, 1978.
    (MC, 6/9/02)

$3.26 Mil    A Jun 25, 1997 auction of Princess Diana’s 79 cocktail and evening dresses brought this amount.
    (SFC, 6/26/97, p.A1)

$4.5 Mil    The annual tire budget from a 1989 law that sets a .25 per tire disposal fee. The program is designed to figure out the bests means for tire disposal, but already cement kilns and industrial boilers are burning more and more  tires as fuel.
    (WSJ, 10/11/95, p. A-1)

$5.7 Mil    Triple Crown horse Secretariat was bought for a record $5.7m in 1973.
    (SC, 2/26/02)

$5.9 Mil    The SFMOMA purchased a Mark Rothko painting, “No. 14, 1960,” for $5.9 million.
    (SFC,11/21/97, p.C1)

$7.4 Mil    Michelangelo's "Christ & the Woman of Samaria" sold for $7.4 million on Jan 28, 1998.
    (MC, 1/28/02)

$9.5 Mil    In 1978 Columbia Pictures paid $9.5 million for movie rights to "Annie."
    (MC, 1/20/02)

$11 Mil        On Mar 18, 2005, Wal-Mart agreed to pay a record $11 million to settle a civil immigration case for using illegal immigrants to clean floors at stores in 21 states.
    (SFC, 3/19/05, p.C1)

$14.7 Mil    Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890), Dutch painter. His work “Harvest in Prevance,” was done both in oil and as a watercolor. The watercolor sold in 1997 for this amount.
    (AAP, 1964)(WUD, 1994, p.606)(SFC, 6/26/97, p.A21)

$15 Mil        The Louisiana Purchase (827,000 sq miles) under Thomas Jefferson was made around 1803.
    (A&IP, ESM, p.27)

$15.6 Mil    On Feb 1, 2005, Russell Christoff, kindergarten teacher in Antioch, Ca., found out that he was awarded $15.6 million for a Taster’s Choice modeling photo taken in 1986.
    (SFC, 2/1/05, p.A2)

$20 Mil        Kenneth Behring, a California real estate developer, made a formal donation of $20 million to the Smithsonian Institution in Nov. 1997.
    (SFC,11/6/97, p.A6)
$20 Mil        Antique jewelry valued at $20 million was stolen from the Lang Estate and Jewelry store on Union Square in SF on Apr 7, 2003. 2 men were later arrested. In 2004 the FBI offered a $50,000 reward for Devin L. Smith (42).
    (SFC, 12/21/04, p.B3)

$20-50 Mil    A 1976 bank robbery in Beirut netted a world record $20-50 million.
    (MC, 1/22/02)

$23 Mil        In Texas a jury in 1999 awarded Debbie Lovett $23 million for heart-valve problems that she blamed on the diet drug combination fen-phen.
    (SFC, 8/7/99, p.A3)

$25 Mil        US paid Denmark $25 million for Virgin Islands in 1917.
    (MC, 1/17/02)

$30 Mil        The Hsi Lai Temple in Hacienda Heights, Ca., the largest Buddhist temple in North America, was built for this amount.
    (WSJ, 9/8/97, p.A16)

$30.8 Mil    In Nov. 1994, Bill Gates purchased a 72-page document by Leonardo da Vinci that he renamed the “Codex Leicester.”
    (WSJ, 5/14/96, p.A-18)

$31 Mil     A jury in Florida ruled on 1/22/97 that Owens-Corning Fiberglass Co. must pay this amount to a Mississippi man dying of cancer from exposure to asbestos.
    (SFC, 1/23/96, p.A3)

$32 Mil        On Nov 20, 2003, Conrad Black, Canadian newspaper magnate, stepped down as CEO of Hollinger Int'l. following reports that he other top officials received unauthorized payments of some $32.2 million.
    (WSJ, 11/28/03, p.A1)

$34 Mil        On Feb 12, 1999, Eric Stein (41) was arrested for bilking some 1,800 investors out of $34 million. He had operated the Sterling Group, a Las Vegas firm that used TV commercials to sell products directly to viewers. The operations were essentially a Ponzi scheme.
    (WSJ, 8/9/04, p.R1)

$36 Mil        In 1901 in Mexico a silver refinery was established in Torreon in Coahuila state. The Met Mex Penoles plant created a mountain of slag over the years and poisonous lead seeped into the blood of thousands of children in the area. In 1999 a plan was announced to evacuate a 20-block area. 393 homes were to be bulldozed for a 15-acre buffer zone in a $36 million cleanup program, the largest ever by a Mexican company.
    (SFC, 5/6/99, p.C2)

$37 Mil        In Switzerland on Sep 1, 1997 robbers made off with $37 million in cash from a Zurich post office.
    (WSJ, 9/2/97, p.A1)

$39.85 Mil    Vincent Van Gogh's "Sunflowers" was bought Mar 30, 1987.      
    (Historynet, 3/30/98)
$40.3 Mil    The Vincent van Gogh painting “Sunflowers” was presented by art teacher Claude-Emile Schuffenecker at a 1901 Paris exhibition. It sold in 1987 for $40.3 million to the Yasuda Fire and Marine Insurance Co. and was reported in 1997 to be a possible fake. Van Gogh’s letters refer to only 6 paintings of sunflowers, and the Yasuda painting is a seventh.
    (SFC,10/27/97, p.D4)

$40-50 Mil    The US purchased 21 MiG-29 aircraft from Moldova for this amount in Oct 1997 in order to keep the planes out of the hands of Iran.
    (SFC,11/5/97, p.A5)

$43 Mil        Pfizer agreed to settle a suit (12/21/01) over the diabetes drug Rezulin after a jury awarded $43 mil to a Texas woman who said it destroyed her liver.
    (SFC, 12/22/01, p.A5)

$49 Mil        On Oct 23, 2003, Santa Clara, California, 7-Eleven owner Narinder Badwal learned that he had sold the winning California Lottery and was entitled to a $250,000 commission. He then learned that he had sold the winning ticket worth $49,747,500 to himself.
    (SFC, 10/28/03, p.A15)

$50 Mil        The Walton Family Charitable Trust Foundation made a $50 million donation to the Univ. of Arkansas business school.
    (WSJ, 10/8/98, p.B10)
$50 Mil        In England it was reported that Nicholas van Hoogstraten was building the largest and most expensive house of the century in Sussex, named Hamilton Place. The palace was to include a gallery for his French furniture and a mausoleum for his future.
    (WSJ, 4/29/98, p.A20)

$53.9 Mil    Vincent Van Gogh’s painting "Irises" was bought from the estate of Joan Whitney Payson by an unidentified buyer for $53.9 million at Sotheby’s in New York on Nov 11, 1987.
    (HN, 11/11/98)

$71.5 Mil    A Van Gogh self-portrait sold at 1998 auction for $71.5 million.
    (WSJ, 11/20/98, p.A1)

$75 Mil        George Soros invested this amount in a petrochemical plant in West Bengal with 2 Indian partners.
    (WSJ, 5/14/96, p.A-18)

$78 Mil        The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge opened on Nov 12, 1936. It cost $78 million and was the longest bridge ever attempted. 23 men died during its construction.
    (SFC, 11/11/96, p.A13)(SFEC, 5/2/99, Z1 p.5)(MC, 11/12/01)

$80 Mil        Greyhound Bus bought Trailways Bus for $80 million in 1987.
    (MC, 7/14/02)
$80 Mil     On Aug 22, 1994, a catacarb leak at the Unocal facility in Rodeo, Ca., lasted 16 days. A suit by 6,000 residents settled in 1997 charged Unocal this amount.
    (SFC, 4/15/97, p.A10)

$85 Mil        In 2003 the Catholic archdiocese of Boston agreed to pay $85 million to settle claims by more than 550 people who said they were sexually abused by priests.
    (SFC, 9/10/03, p.A3)

$86 Mil        Some 400 Americans made over $86 million each in the year 2000.
    (SSFC, 8/31/03, Par p.1)

$89.3 Mil    The 1997 Rolling Stones US tour “Bridges to Babylon” grossed this amount.
    (SFC,12/27/97, p.C6)

$90 Mil        It was reported that the Air Force agreed to sell McClellan Air Force Base of California  to Sacramento County for a maximum of $90 million.
    (SFC,12/24/97, p.A14)

$100 Mil    In The movie "Batman," set a record of quickest $100 million over 10 days.
    (MC, 7/3/02)
$100 Mil    In 1913 John D. Rockefeller gave $100 million to Rockefeller Foundation. At this time Rockefeller’s net worth approached $900 million (about $13 billion in 1998 dollars.) He endowed the foundation with nearly $183 million.
    (WSJ, 5/8/98, p.W10)(MC, 3/14/02)
$100 Mil    In 1925 Doris Duke (d.1993), aged 12, inherited a $100 million tobacco estate.
    (SFC, 4/20/04, p.E1)
$100 Mil    In 2002 Ruth Lilly (87), great-grandchild of pharmaceutical magnate Eli Lilly, gave Poetry Magazine (b.1912), a $100 million endowment.
    (SFC, 11/19/02, p.A3)
$100 Mil    In the US the Archer Daniels Midland Co. agreed to pay an anti-trust fine of $100 million and plead guilty to price fixing on lysine and citric acid.
    (SFC, 10/15/96, p.A3)
$100 Mil    The US F-22 Raptor stealth fighter took its first flight from Dobbins Air Reserve Base north of Atlanta, Ga., Sep 7,1997. The plane was estimated to cost $100 million.
    (SFC, 9/8/97, p.A8)
$100 Mil    Washington University announced that the Danforth Foundation, headed by former Sen. John Danforth, had pledged a gift of $100 million to be delivered over 5 years.
    (SFEC,11/16/97, p.A11)
$100 Mil    Ethiopia in 1997 received over $100 million in aid from the US and over $700 million in loans from the IMF.
    (SFC, 5/12/98, p.A14)

$125 Mil    FMC Corp. was hit with a $125 million verdict on Apr 14,1998 for misleading the US Army about the safety of its Bradley Fighting Vehicle. A 1986 lawsuit by former employee Henry Boisvert complained that the vehicles did not pass all the tests the company claimed it did.
    (SFC, 4/15/98, p.A18)

$127 Mil    The list price of the Airbus Industrie A340-300 airplane.
    (WSJ, 5/16/96, p.A-11)

$140 Mil    On Sep 9,2003, the WSJ disclosed that Dick Grasso, Chairman of the NYSE, had a retirement package close to $140 million along with entitlements to an additional $48 million. His 2001 pay exceeded $30 million with a base pay of $1.4 million. Grasso soon decided to forego the $48 million undisclosed compensation.
    (WSJ, 9/11/03, p.C1)

$145 Mil    Cleveland’s 45-story BP Building, completed in 1985, sold in 1996 for this amount.
    (WSJ, 10/11/96, p.B1)

$171 Mil    Oprah Winfrey had combined earnings of $171 mil. for 1995-1996    and  was at the top of the Forbes magazine listing or 40 best paid entertainers.
    (SFC, 9/9/96, p.A2)

$173 Mil    The Baltimore Orioles were sold for this amount in 1993.
    (SFC, 1/7/97, p.E1)

$180 Mil     The New Jersey Performing Arts Center opened in Newark in Oct 1997.
    (WSJ, 10/21/97, p.A20)

$195 Mil    In Streamwood Ill., Frank Capaci, a retired electrician, won the record $195 mil Powerball lottery of Wisconsin on May 20, 1998. He chose to take a $104.23 mil lump sum payment.
    (SFC, 5/22/98, p.A3)

$200 Mil    A new chip factory in Thailand will be constructed as a joint venture by Texas Instruments, Acer of Taiwan and Alphatec Electronics of Thailand.
    (WSJ, 5/16/96, p.A-11)
$200 Mil     The 1991 cost of Biosphere 2 in Arizona.
    (SFC, 11/25/96, p.A3)
$200 Mil    On Oct 12, 2003 Joan Kroc (75), widow of McDonald's founder Ray Kroc, died near San Diego. On Nov 6 it was announced that she had left over $200 million for National Public Radio.
    (SFC, 11/7/03, p.A2)
$200 Mil    On Oct 2, 2005, It was reported that the Palm Beach, Fla., hedge fund KL Financial, with assets of $200 million, had run out of funds.
    (WSJ, 3/2/05, p.C1)

$225 Mil    It was reported that Jordan receives this amount in annual aid from the US.
    (SFC,11/4/97, p.A8)

$250 Mil    In 1990 some 70 tons of hashish was transported across Pakistan by camel and loaded onto 2 freighters. 28 tons were loaded onto the freighter Saratoga Success, which collided with another ship and after 2 typhoons ended up beached in the Philippines. The freighter Lucky Star left Pakistan in 1991 with the other 48 tons and stopped to pick up the 28 tons on the Saratoga. The final destination was Vancouver, BC, but US federal agents intercepted the $250 million shipment.
    (SFC, 4/19/97, p.C1)

$262.5 Mil    In 1997 a jury in south Carolina ordered Chrysler Corp. to pay this amount the parents of a 6-year-old boy killed in a 1994 accident due to a defective rear latch. $250 mil was for punitive damages.
    (SFC, 10/9/97, p.A6)

$266 Mil    In 1997 Jerold Mackenzie was awarded $266M for being fired from Miller Brewing for sexual harassment for relaying a Seinfeld episode to a co-worker.
    (MC, 7/16/02)

$280 Mil    In Dec, 1992, Sol Kerzner, multimillionaire, unveiled his Palace of the Lost City in Sun City in the state of Bophuthatswana, South Africa.
    (Hem, 6/96, p.134)

$292 Mil    The Powerball jackpot of 20 East Coast states reached $292 million and the winning numbers were 8-39-43-45-49.
    (SFC, 7/30/98, p.A2)

$313 Mil    Forbes Mag. listed Steven Spielberg as the best paid figure in the entertainment business in 1997.
    (SFC, 9/9/97, p.E2)

$350 Mil    The Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team was sold to News Corp. for this amount in 1997.
    (WSJ, 11/7/97, p.B9)

$351 Mil    Laker Airways collapsed owing $351M on Feb 5, 1982.
    (MC, 2/5/02)

$357 Mil     The 1976 Detroit Renaissance Center designed by John Portman was opened. In 1996 GM purchased it for 73 mil.
    (WSJ, 10/11/96, p.B1)

$400 Mil    Japan inaugurated its $400 million Subaru telescope on Mount Mauna Kea, Hawaii on 9/17/99.
    (SFEC, 9/19/99, p.A21)

$427 Mil    From Saudi Arabia it was reported the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud was building a 984-foot structure called “The Kingdom Centre” in central Riyadh at this cost.
    (WSJ, 12/18/97, p.A1)

$430 Mil    The Treasure Island complex in Las Vegas with 2,800 guest rooms, owned by Steve Wynn.
    (Hem., 2/96, p.96)

$450 Mil    Mitsubishi is developing a polyester plant in West Bengal, India.
    (WSJ, 5/14/96, p.A-18)
$450 Mil    The 109,000 ton Grand Princess cruise ship will make its debut in May 1998. It cost $450 million and  was billed as the largest and most expensive cruise ship.
    (SFEC, 1/18/98, p.T5)

$460 Mil    Dec 10, The Pritzker Family agreed to pay regulators $460 mil to forestall possible civil litigation from the failure of Superior Bank, of which they owned 50%.
    (WSJ, 12/11/01, p.A1)

$500 Mil    The 1998 California elections cost an estimated $500 million.
    (SFEC, 11/8/98, p.A1)

$540 Mil    BankAmerica Corp. announced that it would acquire the investment banking firm Robertson Stephens & Co. for cash.
    (SFC, 6/9/97, p.A1)

$551 Mil     Financing was expected to enable the start of the channel project, a 272-mile Tamaulipas Intracoastal Waterway on the east coast to link Mexico to US cargo channels.
    (WSJ, 9/23/96, p.A17)

$600 Mil    The value of Adobe Corp., based on creating software to send electronic data to laser printers. Its first product was PostScript.
    (BJSJ, 10/30/95, p.7)
        The amount the US will contribute over 3 years to help rebuild Bosnia.
    (WSJ, 11/22/95, p.A-3)

$660 Mil    The SF Bank of America Center was sold to the Shorenstein Co. for $660 million in 1986.
    (SFC, 1/29/98, p.A1)

$700 Mil    In Jul, 1995, Nataly I, a Panamanian tuna boat, was stopped 780 miles west of Peru by the US Coast Guard and found to contain 12 tons of cocaine valued at this amount.
    (WSJ, 7/10/97, p.A13)
$700 Mil    Ethiopia in 1997 received over $700 million in loans from the IMF.
    (SFC, 5/12/98, p.A14)

$703 Mil    Volkswagen won the bid for Rolls Royce on Jun 5, 1998.
    (SFC, 6/6/98, p.D1)

$745 Mil    Columbia/HCA Healthcare agreed in 2000 to pay $745 million to the US federal government to resolve Medicare fraud allegations.
    (WSJ, 5/19/00, p.A3)

$750 Mil    Coca-Cola bought Columbia Pictures for $750 million in 1982.
    (SSFC, 1/18/04, p.A14)
$750 Mil    Bill Gates in 1999 announced his charitable foundation will give $750 million over the next 5 years to improve the health of young children in underdeveloped nations.
    (SFC, 11/24/99, p.A2)

$858.6 Mil    It was reported that Berkshire Hathaway, the investment vehicle of Warren Buffet, had accumulated 129.7 million ounces of silver, some 20% of the world’s supply, valued at this amount.
    (WSJ, 2/4/98, p.A1)

$900 Mil.    Casino cost at Bridgeport, Conn. as proposed by the Mashantucket Pequat Indians in opposition to the offer by Mirage Resorts for the same amount.
    (WSJ, 9/21/95, p.B-1)
$900 Mil     The annual tobacco business in Kentucky.
    (SFC, 6/18/96, p.A12)    (SFC, 6/20/96, p.A8)

$917 Mil    Rock star David Bowie was listed as Britain’s richest pop star in 1997.
    (SFC,10/29/97, p.E4)

$950 Mil    In 1982 Adnan Khashoggi, an arms dealer from Saudi Arabia, settled divorce proceedings with his wife Soraya this amount plus property.
    (SFC, 2/14/98, p.E6)

$1 Bil        Walter Annenberg, media baron, donated art valued at $1 billion to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
    (WSJ, 1/20/04, p.A1)

$1 Bil        GM is expected to pick Thailand over the Philippines for a $1 billion vehicle assembly plant.
    (WSJ, 5/16/96, p.A-1)

$1.1 Bil    Toshihide Iguchi, ex-Daiwa bond trader, lost some $1.1 billion between 1984-1995. The losses led to the bank’s expulsion from the US in 1995.
    (WSJ, 1/8/97, p.A14)

$1.1 Bil    The Pentagon chose Lawrence Livermore National Labs. for a super-laser project. Known as the National Ignition Facility, its goal will be to ignite a self-sustaining fusion reaction in a controlled lab setting.
    (SFC, 12/20/96, p.E1)

$1.2 Bil    Minnesota reports the highest pull-tab sales (50 cent to one dollar game tickets like instant lottery tickets).
    (WSJ, 10/17/95, A-1)
$1.22 Bil    In SF the sale of the Embarcadero Center to Boston Properties was announced on May 12,1998. Included were the 4 towers and 2 neighboring buildings, 275 Battery St. and the Old Federal Reserve Bldg at Sacramento and Battery.
    (SFC, 5/13/98, p.A1)
$1.25 Bil    Representatives of Swiss banks and holocaust survivors agreed to a settlement of $1.25 billion in reparations for victims of the Nazi regime.
    (SFC, 8/13/98, p.A1)

$1.3 Bil    The cost of the Galileo mission to Jupiter.
    (WSJ, 1/23/96, p.A-15)

$1.45 Bil    The value of the Grupo Televisa SA media organization in Mexico.
    (SFC, 4/18/97, p.E2)

$1.5 Bil    The estimated cost for deploying 20,000 US troops in Bosnia for one year.
    (WSJ, 11/22/95, p.A-3)
$1.5 Bil     In 2003 US borrowing from foreign investors stood at $1.5 billion a day.
    (WSJ, 12/16/03, p.A1)

$1.65 Bil    In 2004 Target Corp. of Minneapolis announced it would sell Mervyn’s to Sun Capital Partners in Boca Raton, Fla., for $1.65 billion.
    (SSFC, 8/8/04, p.J1)

$1.7 Bil    A consortium led by Houston Industries, AES Corp., and Electricite de France purchased control of the state owned electrical utility Light Servicos de Eletricidade SA for 1.7 bil.
    (WSJ, 5/22/96, p.A-16)

$1.7 Bil    Harry Helmsley (87), self-made billionaire, died on 1/4/97. His vast real estate holdings included the Empire State Building. His entire estate was left to his wife except for $25k left to a longtime secretary.
    (SFC, 1/6/97, p.A17)(WSJ, 1/3/97, p.A1)(SFC, 1/10/96, p.A3)

$1.8 Bil    Hurricane Opal caused this much in estimated insured damages.
    (WSJ, 10/6/95, p.B-1)
$1.8 Bil    The 1997 Lucent Technologies acquisition of Octel Communications Corp. was valued at this amount.
    (WSJ, 7/187, p.A22)

$2 Bil     In1990 the Hubble space telescope was launched at this cost.
    (NG, 1/’94, p.23)(WSJ, 2/14/97, p.A1)
$2 Bil     It was reported that video poker takes in this much a year in South Carolina.
    (WSJ, 12/2/97, p.A1)

$2.1 Bil    The Seawolf nuclear submarines by General Dynamics cost this to build.
    (WSJ, 12/13/99, p.A6)

$2.2 Bil    On Dec 30, 2003, FedEx agreed to acquire Kinko's for $2.2 billion.
    (WSJ, 12/31/03, p.A3)  

$2.34 Bil    Contraband accounted for as much as a sixth of Columbia’s imports or about $2.34 billion in 1995.
    (WSJ, 12/17/96, p.A18)

$2.6 Bil    Prosecutors arrested Yasuo Hamanaka, the former Sumitomo copper trader accused of racking up $2.6 billion in losses.
    (SFC, 10/22/96, p.A18)
$2.6 Bil    The May 4, 2000 e-mail virus “I Love You” bug hit millions of computers around the world. It was considered the most virulent, most damaging ($2.6 bil), most costly and most rapidly spread virus to date.
    (SFC, 5/5/00, p.A1)(SFC, 5/6/00, p.A1)

$2.68 Bil    On March 11, 2005, Maurice Greenberg, president and CEO of AIG Int’l. Group, transferred 1.4 million shares of AIG stock, valued at $2.68 billion, to his wife. He resigned March 14 amid probes of the company’s accounting.
    (SFC, 4/14/05, p.A1)

$2.7 Bil    A 40 year agreement was signed between Royal Dutch/Shell and Perupetro, Peru’s state oil company. Royal Dutch will spend $2.7 bil to develop a natural gas field.
    (SFC, 5/18/96, p.D-6)

$2.83 Bil    Texas annual gross lottery sales.
    (SFE, 10/1/95, p.A-12)

$3 Bil        The new Denver Airport opened in 1995.
    (Hem., 5/97, p.70)
$3 Bil        On Nov 4, 2003, Richard M. Scrushy, former chairman of HealthSouth Corp., was indicted for participating in a nearly $3 billion accounting fraud.
    (WSJ, 11/4/03, p.A3)

$3.1 Bil    The Group of Seven industrialized nations raised their aid offer for closing the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the Ukraine.
    (WSJ, 4/5/96, p.B-3A)

$3.2 Bil    Dow Corning on Jul 8, 1998, agreed to settle a suit with women claiming injury from silicone breast implants for $3.2 billion.
    (SFC, 7/9/98, p.A1)

$3.3 Bil        On Dec 30, the Russian Tax Ministry slapped a $3.3 billion bill for back taxes, fines and other penalties on the oil giant Yukos.
    (SFC, 12/31/03, p.B6)

$3.4 Bil    A parked tank car containing butadiene ignited in the New Orleans area on Sep 9, 1987. A jury in 1997 awarded $3.4 billion in punitive damages to some 8,000 people who claimed to have suffered mental and physical injuries. Five companies were charged with CSX Transportation owing 2.5 bil.
    (SFC, 9/9/97, p.A10)  
$3.4 Bil    In 1989 Columbia Pictures Entertainment Inc. agreed to a $3.4 billion buyout by Sony Corporation.
    (AP, 9/27/99)

$3.45 Bil    The 1994 domestic revenues of Anderson Consulting.
    (WSJ, 9/21/95, p.B-2)

$3.7 Bil    The GDP of Burundi.
    (SFC, 5/23/96, p.A17)

$3.74 Bil    The national budget of Belgium for 1996.
    (WSJ, 10/4/95, p.A-12)

$4 Bil        UN and Iraqi officials have reached a tentative agreement to resume oil sales of $4 billion a year to buy food and medicine.
    (SFC, 5/16/96, p.A-9)

$4.17 Bil    China began blocking the Yellow River for the $4.17 billion Xiaolangdi Dam project on Oct 26, 1997.
    (SFC,10/27/97, p.A9)

$4.3 Bil        In 2002 Italy committed to a $4.3 billion project for a suspension bridge linking Sicily over the 2-mile-wide straits of Messina.
    (WSJ, 6/7/02, p.A1)

$4.5 Bil    The new, 97,000 ton, nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, USS Harry S. Truman, was commissioned by Pres. Clinton.
    (SFEC, 7/26/98, p.A2)
$4.6 Bil     Weekly money supply (M2) increase in the US.
    (WSJ, 10/2/95, P.A-2)

4.83 Bil     American Home Products agreed to pay up to $4.83 billion to settle claims that its fen-phen drug combination caused heart valve problems.
    (SFC, 10/8/99, p.A3)

$5.3 Bil    In 1978 the California death penalty was struck down and hard and fast prison sentences were imposed. By 2003 the prison population was 159,390 with and annual budget of $5.3 billion.
    (SFC, 12/1/98, p.A20)

$5.6 Bil    In 2002 South African Breweries bought America’s Miller Brewing for $5.6 billion.
    (Econ, 5/15/04, p.64)

$5.7 Bil    The Market Cap of LIN Broadcasting Corp.
    (WSJ, 11/1/95, p. C-1)

$6 Bil        The Kellogg Foundation (established1930) assets.
    (WSJ, 1/27/97, p.A1)

$6.75 Bil    The 2005 Verizon Communications buyout of MCI Inc. was valued at $6.75 billion.
    (WSJ, 2/15/05, p.C1)

$7 Bil        ATT lost a record $7 billion for fiscal year ending Feb 28, 1982.
    (MC, 2/28/02)
$7 Bil        The UAR announced May 12, 1998, that it would buy 80 F-16s from the US for this amount.
    (SFC, 5/13/98, p.A13)

$7.2 Bil    The Market Cap of LM Ericsson Telephone Co.
    (WSJ, 11/1/95, p. C-1)

$7.48 Bil    ATT buys NCR in 1991 for this amount.
    (WSJ, 9/21/95, p.B-2)

$8 Bil        The cost of the trans-Alaska Pipeline, the most expensive effort ever undertaken by private industry.
    (AAM, 3/96, p.84)

$8 Bil        The Henry Ford Foundation (established in 1936) assets.
    (WSJ,11/24/95, p.A-8)(WSJ, 1/27/97, p.A1)

$8 Bil        Panama 2004 plans for a canal upgrade in order to accommodate new and larger container ships was estimated at $8 billion.
    (WSJ, 1/7/04, p.A1)  

$8.07 Bil    In 1994 US consumers spent this much on personal computers.
    (Wired, 8/95, p.178)

$8.3 Bil    It was reported that Norway is the world’s 2nd largest oil exporter and that the government sets aside nearly $8.3 billion into a fund for the future.
    (SFEC, 9/14/97, p.A24)

$8.8 Bil    Increase in consumer credit in the US for the month of August.
    (WSJ, 10/2/95, P.A-2)  

$9.2 Bil    The Market Cap of Applied Materials Inc.
    (WSJ, 11/1/95, p. C-1)

$9.5 Bil    GM announced the sale of the defense business of its Hughes Electronics Division to Raytheon.
    (WSJ, 1/17/97, p.A3)

$9.6 Bil     Jan 26, 1998, Compaq Computer Corp. announced that it would buy Digital Equipment Corp. for this amount.
    (SFC, 1/27/98, p.A1)

$9.68 Bil    Premier Li Peng asked the National People’s Congress for a 12.7% increase in the defense budget to this amount in 1997.
    (WSJ, 3/3/97, p.A1)

$10.0 Bil    The Market Cap of Tele-Communications Inc.
    (WSJ, 11/1/95, p. C-1)

$11.3 Bil    On Mar 28, 205, it was reported that a consortium of 7 private equity firms purchased SunGard Data systems for $11.3 billion in the biggest buyout since 1989.
    (Econ, 4/2/05, p.66)

$11.5 Bil    ATT bought McCaw Communications in 1993 for this amount.
    (WSJ, 9/21/95, p.B-2)
        It was predicted that the spending for advertising in the US would reach this amount in 1996.
    (WSJ, 10/17/95, p.B-10)

$11.6 Bil    Wells Fargo won the battle (1/25/96) to acquire First Interstate Bank.
    (WSJ, 1/2/97, p.R2)

$12.7 Bil    The annual revenue of Archer-Daniels-Midland Corp., a grain processing company.
    (WSJ, 10/27/95, p.A-1)

$13 Bil        The Fidelity Magellan Fund grew from $22 million to $13 billion under Peter Lynch between 1977 and 1990.
    (SFEC,11/9/97, p.B1)

$13.2 Bil    The Market Cap of Amgen Inc.
    (WSJ, 11/1/95, p. C-1)

$13.3 Bil    Boeing agreed to acquire McDonell Douglas for this price.
    (WSJ, 12/16/96, p.A1)

$13.9 Bil    On Apr 28, 1999, McKesson Corp. announced irregularities in the books of its newly acquired HBO & Co. The stock plunged 48%. The merger had cost McKesson $13.9 billion.
    (SFC, 10/17/03, p.B4)

$14.1 Bil    The Market Cap of MCI Corp.
    (WSJ, 11/1/95, p. C-1)

$15.7 Bil    In Jun, 2003, China began a new $15.7 billion investment fund as an alternative to its dilapidated pension system.
    (WSJ, 8/26/03, p.C1)

$16.9 Bil    The Market Cap of Oracle Corp.
    (WSJ, 11/1/95, p. C-1)

$17.63-21.15 Bil    The estimated value of the annual prostitution business in Thailand which employs 150,000-200,000 women.
    (WSJ, 12/3/96, p.A17)

$18.4 Bil    On Apr 4, 2005 Chevron announced plans to purchase Unocal Corp. for $18.4 billion.
    (SFC, 4/5/05, p.A1)

$18.6 Bil    The Market Cap of Cisco Systems.
    (WSJ, 11/1/95, p. C-1)

$19.8 Bil    The sales figure for International Paper in 1995.
    (WSJ, 5/28/96, p. R46)

$20 Bil        The annual weapons market in South America.
    (SFC, 11/23/96, p.A8)
$20 Bil        Morgan Stanley and Dean Witter announced a plan to merge for a combined capitalization of over this amount.
    (WSJ, 2/5/97, p.A1)

$21 Bil        In 2003 Argentina refinanced $21 billion in debt including $12.3 billion with the IMF.
    (Econ, 9/13/03, p.32)

$22.6 Bil    It was reported that a British firm has proposed a rail tunnel to link Britain and Ireland. The 56-mile tunnel was estimated to cost $22.6 billion.
    (SFC,10/20/97, p.A12)

$23 Bil        The 1998 California electricity market.
    (SFC, 3/31/98, p.A1)

$24 Bil        The 1998 flooding in China, the worst in 4 decades, was estimated to surpass $24 billion in costs.
    (SFC, 8/13/98, p.C5)
$24 Bil        In Japan the Yamaichi Securities firm, the nation’s 4th largest, announced a shutdown due to debts totaling $24 billion.
    (SFC,11/24/97, p.A1)

$24.5 Bil    RJR Nabisco was bought by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts in 1988.
    (SFC, 3/1/97, p.B1)

$26.6 Bil    The US CIA disclosed that its annual budget for spy services totaled this amount for fiscal ‘97.
    (WSJ, 10/16/97, p.A1)
$26.7 Bil    George Tenet, director of the CIA, disclosed  on Mar 20, 1998, that the 1998 budget for secret intelligence activities, one-tenth the overall US military budget.
    (SFC, 3/21/98, p.A4)

$28 Bil         On Oct 4, 2002 a jury in Los Angeles awarded former smoker Betty Bullock (64) $28 billion in punitive damages against Philip Morris. On Dec 18 a judge reduced the award to $28 million.
    (SFC, 10/5/02, p.A2)(SFC, 12/19/02, p.A8)

$30 Bil        In Zurich Ciba-Geigy and Sandoz planned (3/8/96) a merger.
    (WSJ, 1/2/97, p.R2)
$30 Bil        The cost of Hurricane Andrew.
    (WSJ, 5/6/97, p.A23)
$30 Bil        The IMF agreed to lend Brazil $30 billion to stem a financial panic on Aug 7, 2002. This was its biggest loan to date.
    (SFC, 8/8/02, p.A10)

$31 Bil     In Turkey a military modernization program for was announced to reduce dependence on Western suppliers. Turkey’s standing army numbered 639,000 men, 4,000 tanks, and 400 combat aircraft.
    (WSJ, 4/14/97, p.A12)

$32 Bil        The value of Florida's tourism industry. (assume on annual basis)
    (WSJ, 10/6/95, p.B-1)

$35 Bil        The US deficit with China was expected to approach this amount this year.
    (WSJ, 12/20/95, p.A-10)

$35.08 Bil    American Home Products agreed to acquire Monsanto Co. Jun 1, 1998 in a deal valued at this amount.
    (WSJ, 6/2/98, p.A3)

$36 Bil        Viacom Inc. announced the acquisition of CBS Corp. for some $36 billion in stock on Sep 7, 1999.
    (WSJ, 9/8/99, p.A1)
$36 Bil        Chase Manhattan agreed to acquire J.P. Morgan for about $36 billion in stock on Sep 12, 2000.
    (WSJ, 9/13/00, p.A1)

$37 Bil        Chevron announced plans to acquire Texaco in a deal valued at $37 billion.
    (SFC, 10/14/00, p.A1)

$38 Bil        The annual US drug market.
    (SFC, 6/9/96, p.A-6)
$38 Bil        Jurgen Schrempp of Daimler Benz and Robert Eaton of Chrysler announced in London May 6, 1998, that the German auto company will purchase Chrysler in a $38 billion merger.
    (WSJ, 5/8/98, p.W1)
$40 Bil        The total cost for damages due to the Los Angeles [Northridge] earthquake.
    (WSJ, 5/6/97, p.A23)

$45 Bil        The size of the tobacco industry in the US.
    (WSJ, 10/18/95, A-1)

$50.1 Bil    The Market Cap of Intel Corp.
    (WSJ, 11/1/95, p. C-1)

$53.2 Bil    The Market Cap of Microsoft Corp.
    (WSJ, 11/1/95, p. C-1)

$57.3 Bil    Americans spent this estimated amount in 1995 on illegal drugs.
    (SFEC,11/10/97, p.A12)

$57.47 Bil    In 2003 South Korea ran up a collective credit-card balance of $57.47 billion. This more than a 5-fold increase from 10.95 billion at the end of 1999. The delinquency rate in 2003 jumped to 13.5% vs. 2.6% in 1999.
    (WSJ, 1/20/04, p.A1)

$60 Bil        Pfizer Corp. agreed to buy Pharmacia Corp. for stock valued at $60 billion on July 15, 2002.
    (WSJ, 7/15/02, p.A1)

$65 Bil        The estimated fortune of the Suharto family in Indonesia.
    (SFC, 5/22/98, p.A15)

$66.3 Bil    In 1997 the California state Assembly approved a $66.3 billion budget.
    (SFC, 5/31/97, p.A15)

$70 Bil        Obesity costs this much per year in the US according to some estimates.
    (WSJ, 1/29/96, p. C-1)

$76 Bil        The federal government predicted a $76 billion surplus for 1999.
    (SFC, 1/7/99, p.A3)

$79 Bil        The US Congress approved almost $79 billion to pay for the war in Iraq.
    (SSFC, 4/13/03, p.A3)

$81.4 Bil    Exxon and Mobil shareholders approved their $81.2 billion merger to create the world's largest oil company on 5/27/99.
    (WSJ, 5/28/99, p.A4)

$87.5 Bil    On Nov 6, 2003, Pres. Bush signed the $87.5 billion Iraq spending bill.
    (WSJ, 11/7/03, p.A1)

$91.4 Bil    Americans spent this estimated amount in 1988 on illegal drugs.
    (SFEC,11/10/97, p.A12)

$98.7 Bil    On Jan 29, 2003, AOL Time Warner posted a record $98.7 billion loss, the biggest in corporate history. It included a $45.5 billion write down on the value of AOL.
    (SFC, 1/30/03, p.A1)(WSJ, 1/2/04, p.R8)

$100 Bil    The total cost for damages due to Japan’s Kobe earthquake.
    (WSJ, 5/6/97, p.A23)

$107 Bil    WorldCom filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Jul 21, 2002. With $107 billion in assets, it was the largest US bankruptcy ever.
    (SFC, 7/22/02, p.A1)

$120 Bil    Gross Domestic Product of Quebec was comparable to that of Austria..
    (SFE, 10/1/95, p.D-14)

$120.9 Bil    Japan posted this record trade surplus in 1994.
    (WSJ, 1/11/99, p.R49)

$133 Bil    The Market value of NTT of Japan, ranked as the largest public company in the world based on financial data as of 12/31/94 from Morgan Stanley.
     (WSJ, 10/2/95, p.R-32)

$144.8 Bil    On 7/14/00 a jury in Dade County, Florida, awarded $144.8 billion in punitive damages to 500,000 Florida smokers. Tobacco executives planned to appeal.
    (SFC, 7/15/00, p.A1)

$150 Bil    The US trade deficit.
    (WSJ, 11/20/95, p.A-13)

$180 Bil    Exxon Corp. and Mobil Corp. confirmed that they were holding merger talks. The value of the combined company was estimated at $180 billion.
    (SFC, 11/28/98, p.A1)

$197.66 Bil    China's total trade through Sept of this year (9 months).
    (WSJ, 10/16/95, p. A-11)

$200 Bil    J.P. Morgan’s estimated worldwide cost to repair the “computer year 2000 problem.”
    (WSJ, 5/6/97, p.A23)

$203 Bil    Pres. Clinton signed a $203 billion transportation bill Jun 9, 1998.      
    (SFC, 6/10/98, p.A2)

$296 Bil    A 1998 $206 billion tobacco settlement was endorsed by 46 eligible states. It was the largest settlement of a civil lawsuit in history.
    (SFC, 11/21/98, p.A1)

$245 Bil    The projected US bill for earthquake damage in 2020.
    (Hem., Nov. '95, p.52)

$250 Bil    The US pentagon budget for 1997.
    (SFEC,11/10/97, p.A3)

$258 Bil    The state owned Japanese National Railways Settlement Corp. owed $258 billion to banks, bondholders and the government.
    (WSJ, 4/5/96, p.A-1)

$280 Bil    This was the amount spent each year on US public education. [from a review of a book by Vance H. Trimble: An Empire Undone: The Wild Rise and Hard Fall of Chris Whittle.
    (WSJ, 10/27/95, p.A-12)

$281 Bil    The projected US bill for hurricane expenses in 2020.
    (Hem., Nov. '95, p.52)

$325 Bil    Jun, Luxembourg managers ran some $325 billion in assets.
    (WSJ, 6/14/96, p.A10)
$325 Bil    China's 2002 exports totaled $325 billion.
    (Econ, 12/20/03, p.98)

$330 Bil    A prediction by Dataquest that semiconductor sales would reach this amount by the year 2000. Triple the present amount.
    (WSJ, 10/17/95, A-8)

$367Bil    The Japanese bad-loan crises of 1995 total this amount.
    (WSJ, 12/20/95, p.A-1)

$348 Bil    The assets of Nippon Life of Japan, ranked as the world's largest insurer by Worldscope based on the company's 1994 fiscal year results in US dollars of 12/31/94.
    (WSJ, 10/2/95, p.R-32)

$401 Bil    The CBO forecast a US deficit of $401 billion 2003 and $480 billion in 2004.
    (WSJ, 8/27/03, p.A1)

$405 Bil    The assets under management by Fidelity Investments.
    (WSJ, 3/20/96, p.A-1)

$472 Bil    The amount of US currency in 1999. Two-thirds of this was outside US borders.
    (WSJ, 1/18/98, p.A1)

$455 Bil    The Bush administration reported that the 2003 deficit will reach $445 billion.
    (SFC, 7/16/03, p.A1)

$520 Bil    The assets of Dai-Ichi Kangyo Bank of Japan, ranked as the world's largest bank by Worldscope based on the company's 1994 fiscal year results in US dollars of 12/31/94.
    (WSJ, 10/2/95, p.R-32)

$545 Bil    The estimate for the worldwide telecom service market in 1995.
    (Hem, 4/96, p.35)

$550 Bil    The Federal debt of Canada.
    (SFE, 10/1/95, p.D-14)

$580 Bil    Japan announced that the nation’s banks carried only this amount in bad or questionable loans.
    (SFC, 1/13/98, p.A10)

$600 Bil    A worst case estimate by the Gartner Group for the worldwide cost to repair the “computer year 2000 problem.”
    (WSJ, 5/6/97, p.A23)

$606 Bil    Japanese leaders agreed to a plan to take over some of the biggest and weakest banks and to use taxpayer money to dispose of some $606 billion in bad loans.
    (SFC, 9/19/98, p.A12)

$728 Bil    The US government foreign debt  in the first quarter of 1995.
    (WSJ, 11/20/95, p.A-13)

$730 Bil    China’s foreign exchange reserves in 2004.
    (Econ, 2/28/04, p.72)  

$739.5 Bil    Money market mutual fund assets in the US ending 10/4/95.
    (WSJ, 10/6/95, p.C-24)

$800 Bil    The worldwide telecom market by the year 2000 could top this amount.
    (Hem, 4/96, p.35)

$871 Bil    The US net debtor position rose 27% in 1996.
    (SFC, 7/1/97, p.A5)

$7 Trillion    The US federal debt passed the $7 trillion mark on Feb 18, 2004.
    (WSJ, 2/19/04, p.A1)

$28 Trillion    The global economy in 1997.
    (SFC,12/16/97, p.B4)

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