A TikTok user is sparking outrage online after using a creative experiment to demonstrate just how wealthy the world’s richest man really is.
Humphrey Yang, a personal finance vlogger shared a video of the jarring illustration on Feb. 27. The TikTok, which has since been viewed more than 500,000 times, uses grains of rice to show the fortune of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, who has now been the world’s richest man for several years running.
Yang’s viral clip features several stages of wealth, with corresponding rice counts for each amount. First, he uses one grain of rice to represent $100,000, adding 10,000 of those together to show what $1 billion looks like by comparison.
Then, Yang uses a scale to measure 122 times that amount — showing the $122 billion fortune that he estimates as Bezos’ total net worth.
Yang said in his video the idea stemmed from his original version of the clip, in which he arduously counted out the 10,000 grains in order to show how large $1 billion truly was. Responses to that video inspired him to take things one step further.
“A lot of you guys asked me, ‘Well, how much does Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos have in terms of rice?” Yang said.
The shocking reveal, in which Yang dumps a massive pile of rice onto a tarp, drew the ire of several Twitter users who were frustrated to see just how wealthy the super-rich really are.
“I don’t care how hard someone works, I don’t think it’s ever necessary to have that much wealth,” one user wrote in response to the video. “That’s so much more money than you’ll ever spend in a lifetime, and then the next lifetime of whoever inherits it and so on.”
“Gross. Not you or your analogies, the disproportionate wealth,” another commented.
“Does someone have a problem with “billionaires shouldn’t exist”? yet another wrote.
It’s worth noting that estimations of Bezos’ wealth can often fluctuate by several billion dollars from month to month, meaning Yang’s $122 billion estimation might not be completely accurate.
But it’s very close: The 56-year-old had a network of $116 billion as of March 2, according to Bloomberg. Just one month earlier, that estimation was as high as $131 billion.
Bezos’ fortune is so inconceivably large that it’s even sparked a viral game, called “You Are Jeff Bezos.” The game, available online, allows users to “spend” the tech entrepreneur’s wealth in as many unusual ways as they want.
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