THE TROUBLE WITH TRILLIONS: AMERICAN BILLIONAIRES EDITION [INFOGRAPHIC]

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A couple weeks ago, we showed you how a trillion dollars of student loan debt measured up against the U.S. box office over the past decade.

If you’re still struggling to grasp just how large a number $1 trillion is, then we’ve got another comparison for you. This time, we’re comparing outstanding student loan debt to America’s richest individuals (based on the Forbes 400).

Check out the infographic below to see how they stack up.

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  1. Bill October 3, 2012 / 7:09 pm

    This won’t go through because I cannot decide if one of the letters is l or i. Anyway, average debt is between 25 and 30 thousand. That means ONE of these guys could pay of between 700 to 900 thousand people’s student loans. The amazing thing is not that these people can’t pay of the debt. The amazing thing is that they could pay off a huge proportion of it: 20 people worth about the debt of 20 million families.

    • Ryan Lane October 4, 2012 / 8:32 am

      Thanks, Bill–you beat the captcha! You’re totally right. And what’s even more amazing is that helping those families would be just a drop in the bucket.

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