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One trillion dollars is a figure so vast most people cannot really get a firm hold on what it means. One trillion is roughly the GDP of Mexico and South Korea, and enough to buy such companies as Apple, Google, and Nike, with billions left over.
Even though US$1 trillion is an unthinkably large sum of money, sooner or later the world will have its first trillionaire. When John D. Rockefeller became a billionaire in 1916 that too was a seemingly impossible level to attain - that billion dollars was equivalent to around US$400 billion in today's figures. Let us consider, then, who might have a chance of approaching this figure and what it will take to achieve the milestone.
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