Money chart

I had a huge amount of fun putting the money chart together. It was the first time in a long time that my life’s been stable enough that I’ve been able to really disappear into a project—I’d almost forgotten how enjoyable it can be.

I’ve corrected a bunch of typos and other minor errors, most of which crept into the project during the final 36-hour no-sleep marathon to integrate all the pieces together. (Those corrections, plus a few more that will be added over the next few days, will all be integrated into the printed version).

Now it’s time for me to to spend some time relaxing with family, and trying to break the habit—trained into me by the research I did for the chart—of thinking of everything in economic terms. To those of you in the US (GDP: $15.18 trillion[1], total net worth: $58.73 trillion[2]), have a happy Thanksgiving!

148 thoughts on “Money chart

  1. Its like you examine my thoughts! You appear to understand so a lot about this, like you wrote the book in it or anything.

  2. So I love the charts you make, and thinking about the money chart made me think, could you do a revised map of the world showing countries not by location but rather by who owns their debt and size them according to how much debt the own?

    For example the U.S.A. would become the United States of China… and actually probably most of the world would be owned by China from what I have seen of debt distribution…

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  4. Could you please explain or send a link for the 22 billion dollars of treasure found in a temple in India?

    I love LOVE your picture charts – money, ships and where they sank (don’t stare at the abyss, ha ha).

    The commenter above has a great idea – showing the countries of the world with which country owns them, debt-wise.

  5. just letting you know that the tutoring department in which I work at the local community college has bought the poster and framed it in my room! what a great reference, thank you!

  6. I now wish I’d purchased the larger poster. I’ll give it serious consideration. Though we’re probably better off for portability with magnifying glasses. Hmm. I’m in the puzzling position of trying to figure out whether I should use short scale or long scale in reference to how to name numbers for my students. ARGH!

  7. Great chart, but there appears to be an error. Under Federal Budget Options, the specified dollar amount and the associated graphic don’t match. While it’s specified as $10.06B, the graphic shows about 118 $1B blocks.

  8. loving the chart! Just one thing, surely the most expensive thing by weight has to be antihydrogen?

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  10. Is it possible to get all this info in a CSV or something along those lines? It would be interested to make it interactive and allow easier comparisons.

  11. “US foreign military aid” and “US foreign humanitarian and economic aid” are both listed with the same 11 billion total, but the blocks add up to larger numbers.

  12. I Installed the Number Dictionary, and those 2 GDPs at the end came up with a context thing becking up what you said about US and Global GDP. mildly interesting

  13. Randall: could you mention (or link to where you have) the tools and methods you used in assembling this chart?

    Oh, and thanks _so_ much for both the raw data and the large image.

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  15. Thanks, I was enjoying watching your chart however I am sad about how huge moneys going into the government pocket and nothing is coming for the average citizen. :(

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  18. just letting you know that the tutoring department in which I work at the local community college has bought the poster and framed it in my room! what a great reference, thank you!

  19. I’ve corrected a bunch of typos and other minor errors, most of which crept into the project during the final 36-hour no-sleep marathon to integrate all the pieces together.

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