What does a Million Dollars Look Like?

One million US Dollars (USD) in $100 USD bills forms a stack about 48.8 inches (1.2 meters) tall. To carry the stack, one would need to heft about 22 pounds (about 10 kilograms).

More Moolah Facts:

  • There is more than $450 billion USD in circulation around the world — more than $300 billion USD of that circulates outside of the US.

  • If a person had $10 billion USD, it would take 317 years for him to run out of money if he spent $1 USD every second of every day.

  • One of the reasons the US discontinued the $500 USD bill — and all higher increments — was to help prevent money laundering. For instance, the equivalent of $1 million USD in cocaine may weigh about 44 pounds (20 kilograms), but the money needed to pay for it — in small bills — may weigh up to 250 pounds (113 kilograms). If criminals had access to $500 USD bills, the payoff would only weigh about 4.4 pounds (2 kilograms).

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