What Could You Buy With $241 Trillion?

I read this article about the entire world’s combined wealth on Wait But Why this week.

The article begins by equating all of the world’s wealth to physical forms like $100 bill stacks, diamonds and gold cubes, while comparing them to the biggest buildings and monuments. As the article progresses, the metaphors move away from gold and Burj Khalifa and become closer to “real-life” or more trivial like jelly beans, dominos pizza and poland spring water bottles. The gradual structuring of the information and the sequence in which the bite sized pieces are presented, transforms the data into a story that I really enjoyed reading.