Let's say the top five hedge fund traders teamed up. They earned a combined $10 billion last year. That's enough money to cover all of the state budgets -- excluding federal dollars -- of Alabama, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Dakota and Vermont, according to data provided by the National Conference of State Legislatures.
But let's face it, if you had that much money you might decide to have a little fun.
How about a nice, new Mercedes-Benz S class car that costs about $90,000? With $3 billion, you could buy one for yourself and for 33,000 of your closest friends and still have some cash left over.
Or you could buy 200,000 new models of the more modest Ford Focus. That would buy a car for every man, woman and child living in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Of course there are plenty of other things to spend money on. But you probably get the point by now, so we'll leave you with this final one: the high-priced call girl that former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer allegedly hired cost him $4,300 & and, of course, his job.
If you took all $3 billion and spent it on hookers charging the same price … well let's just say you would never have to spend another night alone … for the next 1,910 years.
But remember what The Beatles said: Money "Can't Buy Me Love."