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If you win tonight the 1.6 Billion $, how will you spend the money?
Old 10-23-2018   #1
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If you win tonight the 1.6 Billion $, how will you spend the money?

Some options:
1. Leica M10 (in pure gold with diamond red Leica logo?)
2. Retire.
3. Dump all cameras you own.
4. Do nothing ever again.

Hm. This does not look good! Maybe we should NOT win the lottery!
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Old 10-23-2018   #2
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Old 10-23-2018   #3
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Go on holiday with one camera, one lens, no backup & a bag of film (tri-X & FP4+). The camera....my M4 black paint, 35mm (doesn't matter, pre-a summilux, summicron or summaron). Oh 1.6B...wait....maybe buy back the black paint M2 i sold for $1400. & a steel rimmed summilux w/ ollux hood. modest replacements. & print until the cows come home
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Old 10-23-2018   #4
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I'd donate $250 million to my college's endowment so it could get permanently out of deficit financing. Another $50 million to full-ride scholarships for underprivileged students.

Then I'd likely spend a couple million or so on a new home (preferably up in the Catskills, right off a trout stream like the Delaware River), with a modest sport car (say, an Alfa) for summer and a practical AWD Subaru for winter.

After that, an Alpa 12 TC would be in my immediate future.

And I'd retire to paint, make photographs, and fly fish; and I'm guessing my wife would retire too so she could go full-time into ceramics.
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Old 10-23-2018   #5
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I've never bought a lottery ticket, but if someone handed me the winning ticket, I'd buy a enough land to secede and make my own country.
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Old 10-23-2018   #6
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Old 10-23-2018   #7
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After paying the taxes, I'd give at least three quarters of it to the Democrats to help them defeat the Republicans in the upcoming elections.

And I could use some new underwear.
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Old 10-23-2018   #8
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I'd pay off my student loans (as well as those of my close friends and girlfriend), give my parents enough money to retire, set up trusts for my siblings, buy property and build a house in Oregon, buy an M10-P and every Leica lens ending in "lux," set up a veterans scholarship at my law school, travel, donate a bunch to the SPCA, and definitely get a few more dogs.
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Old 10-23-2018   #9
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1 - Retire.
2 - Set up trust fund for my granddaughter.
3 - Buy my sensei a new dojo.
4 - Some worthy charities.

That's about it. I'm not exactly financially OK, but I'm OK overall. Good life. No complaints.
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Old 10-23-2018   #10
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I'd spend most of it on beer and women, and just waste the rest.

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Old 10-23-2018   #11
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$1.6b? You could almost buy a house in Sydney for that.
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Old 10-23-2018   #12
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I will hunt down and buy every single collectible Leica ever made. I will unseal every special wrapping. I will put actual film in each one. I will turn the knobs, install a strap, remove the bottom protector plastic. I will fire the shutter, repeatedly.

Each one will then be put on Ebay at a buy it now price of $18.00, free shipping.
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Old 10-23-2018   #13
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I would never work in a job I do not like again...and I would hope my wife would do the same. I would photograph a lot more. I might open a gallery and show exactly what I want to show even if it costs me money. I would make photo books of people`s work that I like...even if they did not sell. I would give some to friends and family of course (well, the ones that remain normal). Travel a little more... donate a little.

As far as cameras... I`d probably have too many. Fujifilm GFX-50R and all of the lenses to start with. A Leica M10-D and 35mm & 50mm Summilux lenses. A few iPhone XS-es...as my disposable cameras.

I live in Santiago, Chile now, but i am still in an office pool at my old job in NYC. My jackpot would be significantly less, but still enough for me.
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Old 10-23-2018   #14
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Being a cheap Bohemian, I would not spend it.

Gas station was a mob scene today with fools buying tickets. It was on TV poor families spend $410 annually on tickets , middle class $1xx.oo. Top families do not buy, neither do I. I am glad someone else is paying my taxes.
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Old 10-23-2018   #15
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I'd keep $1million for myself and set up a foundation to donate over time the rest. Or heck maybe Blackrock would sell their stake in Leica?
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Old 10-23-2018   #16
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With that much money it would be hard to spend even the interest.

I'd travel and give away most of it over time.

The one thing most people don't think about is with that much money material goods mean nothing because you will never want for anything that you can't just buy immediately.
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Frankly... If I win tonight, cameras will be only a minor part of what I do.
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Old 10-23-2018   #18
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" If you win tonight the 1.6 Billion $, how will you spend the money?"

Buy the most collectible version of a Leica M10......that's about how much they cost, right?
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Old 10-23-2018   #19
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  1. Pay the taxes.
  2. Secure my retirement fund.
  3. Donate to worthy causes.
  4. Discuss with my partner whether we want to upgrade our living quarters.
  5. Help fund my brother's new business.
  6. Donate a reasonable amount to support politicians whom I don't want to see strangled for the good of mankind.
  7. Donate a reasonable amount to support both the local schools and support institutions for Special Children.
  8. Maybe buy small toy or two ... That's the hardest one, because I already have all the toys I want.

All in the appropriate measure.
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Old 10-23-2018   #20
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$1.6b? You could almost buy a house in Sydney for that.
Funny because it's true...

Beyond all the usual stuff (pay off the house, buy a 35/f2.8 Summaron etc...) I'd probably set up a fund to purchase and manage high conservation value land under private ownership (outside the reserve estate).
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I can't imagine what I would spend it on, it would probably be gone in a year or two. People don't realize that it really isn't that much money.
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People don't realize that it really isn't that much money.
We are both reading $1,600,000,000 yeah?

It's about 291 million rolls of Tri-X...
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I'd buy happiness.

Oh... wait... can't do that.

Well then I'd pick my misery.

And send my recently dropped and broken M2 in for repair and suffer the misery of waiting for it to come back.
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I would spend 50% on wine. I would spend 25% on women. The rest I would waste.
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Is it before or after tax? Sorry for asking, I'm in Canada.
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Old 10-23-2018   #26
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Support some charities better.
Retire.
Learn to use the gear that I have. ;-)
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I can't imagine what I would spend it on, it would probably be gone in a year or two. People don't realize that it really isn't that much money.
Uhmmm, I think you may have read the amount wrong...

"As of 2018, there are over 2,700 U.S. dollar billionaires worldwide..." and "According to a 2017 Oxfam report, the top eight richest billionaires own as much combined wealth as 'half the human race'."
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I'd buy happiness.

Oh... wait... can't do that.

Well then I'd pick my misery.

And send my recently dropped and broken M2 in for repair and suffer the misery of waiting for it to come back.
Just buy 20 more while you wait...
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I'd start by buying all the stuff folks on RFF have been trying to sell and hasn't and give it a way to younger folks on RFF.

Pay off student loans from Graduate School.

Spend a lot on getting my wife healthy.

Hire some folks to finish all the building projects I am working on around the house and haven't finished.

Sell all the old computers around the house for $10 each and buy a new Mac and new iPad Pro.

Buy a XE-3, 18/2, and 56mm F1.2 R APD.

Pay for a long term care insurance policy for me and my wife in full.

Get a job in a local non-profit and donate the salary to the Rabbi, local non-profits, and fund a local wet dark room open to the public.

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Take all my mates to an upmarket "knock shop".
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With great wealth comes a certain responsibility to set a good example for others to follow.


So in the interest of promoting environmental awareness, I'd want a hybrid vehicle such as a Porsche 918 Spyder, and my 20,000 square foot summer cabin would be entirely powered by renewable energy including wood, which literally grows on trees.
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I'd blow it all on a Jupiter 8.
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I also like to think of myself as a possibilities-thinker, and where others see the Yellowstone super-volcano as possibly bringing about the end of life as we know it, I think this completely overlooks the potential for some world-class spa resorts.
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As a stage 4 cancer survivor. Quit work, setup a non profit to help bring awareness & promote holistic methods to fight cancer. Hopefully save some life’s. Oh I also would like to save the environment and drive a 918 hybrid.
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I'll be splitting it with 30 coworkers, but $40-ish million will do (cash payout is "only" $900mil-ish)

I'd buy loads of film, maybe a new Summicron or 'lux 35 and travel the world.
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Buy myself a right proper laptop, and get rid of this crappy Dell.


Split the rest of it with my family.


Start a charitable foundation with most of my portion.


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I'd spend $1.5 billion on wine, women and song - the remainder I'd just squander.
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The winning numbers were drawn about 50 minutes ago... well, I guess I"m going to work tomorrow morning.
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I'd back track through my life and find all the people who have helped me along the way when I was struggling and give them each five million dollars.
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