As soon as WhatsApp went down, Mark Zukerberg might have started thinking: What else could he have bought with all that dough After a bit of work out we found out just what Zuckerberg could have opted instead of WhatsApp.
1. NYC's Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village: $5.4 Billion
The largest deal in US retail history went down in 2006 in just 30 days, closing on 11,232 apartments in 110 buildings.
2. The London 2012 Olympics: $14.6 Billion
Yup. But Sochi does beat out WhatsApp with a ... wait for it ... $51 billion price tag.
3. The Cost Of Providing Safe, Clean Water to the Entire Globe: $10 Billion a Year 40% of the world lacks access to safe and reliable water supplies; it would cost $10 billion a year to provide it.
4. Cost Of Hurricane Sandy to New Jersey: $8.3 Billion
Yep, for the amount Zuckerberg is shelling out for WhatsApp, you could double rebuild New Jersey and maybe even fund a traffic study or two.
5. North Korea's Military: $8.213 Billion
OK, no one really knows, but this estimate is pretty close. At $5-8 billion a year, North Korea's entire military budget is dwarfed by the WhatsApp acquisition. For $19 billion, Facebook could probably turn Dear Leader into Dear Late Leader.
6. The World's Tallest Building: $1.5 Billion
The 2,716-foot Burj Khalifa cost just $1.5 billion. For the price of one WhatsApp, you could build 12 and have enough pocket change left over to fill them with tigers.
7. The Hoover Dam: $730 Million
Honestly, this makes the Hoover Dam sound like a great deal. But with over 96 official deaths during construction, Facebook might want to budget a couple hundred million or two extra for some wrongful death lawsuits if it goes this route.
8. The Entire World Music Industry: $16.8 Billion
The entire world music industry brings in "less than $1.4 billion in record and song sales a month," so $16.8 billion is actually a pretty good year of revenues for the music industry. Think about that again: Facebook could buy all the music sold every year.
9. The Vatican: $10-15 Billion
Who needs a Menlo Park complex when you could just set up a server farm in the Sistine Chapel The Vatican's accumulated wealth is roughly $10-15 billion by the best estimates of international bankers.
It's probably not for sale, though we didn't consult a realtor.
10. The Hubble Space Telescope: $10 Billion
The cumulative design, construction, launch and maintenance costs of the Hubble Space Telescope come in around $10 billion. You can use it to spy on nude beaches.