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What could you buy with all the money Britain’s richest people are hiding offshore?

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After the Paradise Papers leak, what else could you buy with all the money held off shore? 9

The Paradise Papers have revealed yet again that not only do we live in an incredibly unequal society, but that the super-rich are extremely talented at hiding their wealth.

After this latest batch of documents were released to the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung, who shared them with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, we got another look into how the rich keep their money offshore. 

There’s been a huge number of embarrassing stories from Bono buying a shopping centre in Lithuania to the Queen holding funds in the Cayman Islands and Bermuda.

And the total amount of money involved is mind-boggling. According to the Boston Consulting Group, there’s around $10 trillion held in these offshore financial centres.

So based on rough estimates and Google’s online calculator, we had a look at what else you could buy for that amount of cash:

  1. 1.

    The whole of the UK four times

    After the Paradise Papers leak, what else could you buy with all the money held off shore?

    ($2.5 trillion)

  2. 2.

    Real Madrid football club 2,739 times

    Who were the highest-paid athletes over the last year? 2

    ($3.65 billion)

  3. 3.

    6,000 Alan Sugars

    After the Paradise Papers leak, what else could you buy with all the money held off shore? 1

    ($1.6 billion)

  4. 4.

    This many iPhone Xs: 8,703,220,191

    Samsung just released a brutal advert attacking the iPhone 3

    ($1,149)

  5. 5.

    Twitter 600 times

    Twitter

    ($15 billion)

  6. 6.

    90 International Space Stations

    Why a 'leap second' could break the internet tonight 5

    ($110 billion)

  1. 7.

    Four trillion life-saving mosquito nets to prevent malaria

    After the Paradise Papers leak, what else could you buy with all the money held off shore? 2

    ($2.50)

  2. 8.

    Around 300,000 new UK schools

    After the Paradise Papers leak, what else could you buy with all the money held off shore? 10

    (Average £30 million)

  3. 9.

    More than 6,000 Burj Khalifas in Dubai – the tallest building in the world

    After the Paradise Papers leak, what else could you buy with all the money held off shore? 3

    ($1.5 billion)

  4. 10.

    14,285,714 flats in London

    After the Paradise Papers leak, what else could you buy with all the money held off shore? 4

    (Average price of £534,469 / $700,000)

  5. 11.

    117,647,058,824 wool berets

    After the Paradise Papers leak, what else could you buy with all the money held off shore? 5

    ($85)

  6. 12.

    More than two million of the dress Marilyn Monroe was wearing when she sang "Happy Birthday, Mr. President"

    After the Paradise Papers leak, what else could you buy with all the money held off shore? 6

    ($4.8 million)

  1. 13.

    The HMS Queen Elizabeth 2,500 times

    After the Paradise Papers leak, what else could you buy with all the money held off shore? 7

    ($4 billion)

  2. 14.

    And most importantly, one trillion courgetti spiralizers

    After the Paradise Papers leak, what else could you buy with all the money held off shore? 8

    ($10)

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