Just a wonder on how you’d spend it. I’d probably buy up some land and build a nice village or town kind of similar to Poundbury. I’d probably sell houses at a fair price but only to people who send in a CV and seem to be upstanding people who actually want to work and be a part of a community, as well as giving them a mortgage Then I’d have a nice mansion and pretend to be a Lord where I can look over my wonderful tenants and maybe buy them Christmas gifts and send them birthday cards. Help them out if they need it.

Basically what some Lords did centuries ago but probably more kinder. Oh, and the place will be built with nice old timey architecture as well. Probably cobble streets because screw cars lmao. I just want to give people a nice life I guess as well as LARP as nobility

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    Buy the entire Supreme Court of the United States.

    Dunno what I’d do with the other $6.415 billion though. Maybe start buying Congress members?

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    I’ll tell you what I’d do, man. two chicks at the same time. And I think if I had 5 billion pounds I could hook that up, cause chicks dig a dude with money.

    Truthfully though I’d hook my family up bigtime for probably the next few hundred years and start hiring experts on how to deal with that kind of basically at least to me infinite money.

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      This. Well really it would be sleep more, spend more time with my kid, work out more, but more importantly, start playing WoW again lmao. Probably also move to somewhere I like more, our house is fine and all but I’d GTFO of the west and go live somewhere chill.

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    I’d get a block of houses, not mansions, just 6 small houses where the backyards are all together and make that into a little community where I can get the people I’m closest to into an area with a shared community space in the backyards. That’s my expensive one.

    Rav4 hybrid. I just want a fuel efficient car I can go camping in.

    Set up a trust to make sure that I don’t have to work if I don’t want to, get to retire.

    Then the rest… I’m stuck between which is better, dumping it into becoming a non-profit to get as many homeless people housed as possible, or build into a superpac specifically meant to bring down Citizens United.

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    Step one, get an accountant, and lawyer. Things will get complex, and mistakes can result in spending more than you have which isn’t the goal. Thus an accountant to watch those numbers and keep me in the black. The big issue is taxes need to be paid so there needs to be enough left over to do that along with pay the accountant, but there will also be weird legal issues that come up.

    Second, the money goes to charity. How it gets there will be tricky though.

    The IRS looks at large donations and starts to assume I’m trying to dodge taxes by hiring a charity for something I’d do anyway - so my accountant will work with them to figure out what donation levels work for each that I care about. There are also some causes that I consider charity that do not meet the legal definition (often because they are political) and so the donation to them is still taxable (not that I’m trying to dodge taxes, but I’ll take advantage of anything that will help causes I care about)

    I will set aside some money as a fund for me. However I’ll only allow myself to withdraw from it as payment for work done for charity. projects like KDE or FreeBSD can always use more help. There is a summer camp I’ll volunteer for once in a while. Habitat for Humanity needs help… The important part is I need to put in 35 hours a week or I don’t get money from the fund (I will allow 2 months of vacation and that summer camp will get 80 hours/week when in session which I will bank for more vacation). The important part here is I need to stay busy - doctors tell me sitting around doing nothing when you retire is deadly so I’m not going to do that.

    Likely a lot of money will remain after I’m dead, so a trust fund will remain. However the instructions will be to drain the money as fast as possible. I know of several funds remaining from people who died 100+ years ago and the fund is now doing things I’m sure the original would oppose.

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    Build housing that would be rent-to-own. The only qualification would be paying first month’s rent and a deposit, then if you stay for 15 years you own the place. Price it for minimal profit (5-10%) and build/renovate a new set every year.

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    Pay off debts, secure a home paid off in full for my family with enough land that we can grow our own food, get new bike, and roam the world surreptitiously helping people.

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    Well, besides the obvious of paying off mortgages and debts which wouldn’t even amount to a fraction of that, I’d buy an island to convert into a 24/7 mass paintball (or laser tag or something) warzone experience, like hundreds of people on both sides.

    Sell the experience to people, classic Red team vs blue team, stay until you’re eliminated, barracks/camps, HQ, command structures, etc. It would be a live streamed competition with commentary, tactics, live go pro cams, everything. Maybe do it in seasons, have leaderboards, MVPs, whatever.

    Players that have already been to the island before would be able to advise, or place bets on their accounts or whatever to build up load outs for their next trip.

    The goal being a fun live game, exercise, stamina training, whatever, but mostly an outlet for the people in the world that get excited by war with the intention of hopefully reducing that with a safe environment.

    I feel like if done correctly, and made as affordable as possible, it could turn into a relatively profitable business. I would then ensure the profits went to charities that provide aid to actual warzones and ensure that the primary message of the theme park is completely anti-war.

    Any money leftover that didn’t go into that project I would donate and invest in animal welfare and conservation, renewable energy, and tackling the climate crisis.

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    Do everything in my power to pass some privacy legislation for Americans, and overturn the Patriot Act. I probably don’t have nearly enough since I’d be going up against the biggest corporations in the world.

    Make sure I set a few million aside for myself and family. Buy everyone I’m close with a house, and give them a few million each.

    If there’s anything left, and there probably won’t be because I spent it all trying to get Congress to respect our right to privacy, then I’d start helping random struggling people who seem like good people. I suppose I’d form a foundation for that since I wouldn’t have the time to help as many people as possible.

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    Call a national account and law firm to set the money up in a way that minimises the amount of tax owed for ongoing years.

    Call some wholesale investment fund managers and invest a several hundred mill in each.

    Trust funds for the family with liveable stipends. Gets replenished by the wholesale fund dividends.

    Finally get my drivers licence sorted and see where the wife wants to visit.

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    Quit my job and travel for a while. I’d give 15% to family\friends. I also tend to be partial to the poor\homeless so I’d probably start a program to house and feed those that need it in a big way. And I’d invest 50% of it so I was wealthy, period. In my will, I’d give it all to children’s hospital’s around the country\world.