7 Other Things Facebook Could Have Bought for $16 Billion

Facebook announced today that it's buying messaging app WhatsApp for the completely astounding sum of $16 billion dollars. That's a whole lot of money. What else could they have done with such a gargantuan stack of cash? Here's an incomplete list.

Sixty Four Washington Posts

7 Other Things Facebook Could Have Bought for $16 Billion

When Jeff Bezos bought the Washington Post newspaper in August of last year, he paid $250 million. Which seemed like a lot at the time.

Five And a Half Motorolas

7 Other Things Facebook Could Have Bought for $16 Billion

Google let Lenovo take Motorola Mobility for $2.91 billion just last month.

Sixty-Four Thousand Virgin Galactic Flights to Space

7 Other Things Facebook Could Have Bought for $16 Billion

Better start booking yours before Facebook grabs all the seats.

The Company That Makes Jim Beam and Maker's Mark

7 Other Things Facebook Could Have Bought for $16 Billion

Beam, Inc., which makes seven brands of liquor including Maker's Mark, was recently sold to a Japanese whiskey and beer conglomerate for $16 billion.

The House and Senate's Salary For 172 Years

7 Other Things Facebook Could Have Bought for $16 Billion

Seriously.

1,194,029 Indian Tigers

7 Other Things Facebook Could Have Bought for $16 Billion

And theoretically, each one comes with an ivory collar, three tiger toys, and one "Hello Tiger" guide. Of course, with probably only a few thousand tigers left in the world, even a company as powerful as Facebook would have a hard time making this happen.

(Nearly) A Year of NASA

7 Other Things Facebook Could Have Bought for $16 Billion

NASA's budget is $17.6 billion for fiscal year 2014, meaning Facebook could have run the space agency for around 332 days for the cost of one WhatsApp.

Talk about an astronomical price.

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