The unreal world of the super-rich in Mega Moolah terms
In January 2019, one lucky Canadian-dollar player banked the largest ever win, in numeric terms, of the Mega Moolah jackpot when they took home an incredible $20 million-plus prize. This was followed in March by two winners of the jackpot within the space of a day, each of whom earned a few million for their efforts.
Of course, such riches are beyond the wildest dreams of most slot players, or indeed of most people in society, but there are a very small group of people where such telephone-number sized amounts of cash are commonplace. I refer, of course, to the world of the super-rich, where people can earn as much if not more in a day, than most people will earn in a lifetime.
In this article, we are going to take a look at how the biggest Mega Moolah winners compare to the super-rich around the world today and we'll look at the assets of the super-rich in terms we can understand, that of Mega Moolah jackpot prizes!
So let's begin with our three biggest Mega Moolah jackpot winners.
Mega Moolah Wealth - $20 million
We've already mentioned the CA$20 million+ winner in January 2019 but a few months before that in September 2018, one lucky player landed a win of over €18.9 million, which is the largest amount in any currency (when compared across currencies) won by any player on the Mega Moolah slot. This just eclipses the £13.2 million win of Jonathon Heywood, who landed his incredible win back in October 2015.
For the realm of the super-rich, we are going to use the $20 million mark as our base unit and it is here that things get really interesting and you can see the incredible wealth some of the most famous people, businessmen, sports stars and the like earn in a given year.
Richest Footballer - $111 million
In terms of salary alone, Lionel Messi raked in the equivalent of four Mega Moolah record jackpot wins in 2018 alone, pocketing $84 million from his contract with Barcelona Football Club. However that is not all that the football-genius Argentinean megastar earned, as thanks to a number of other sponsorship deals and endorsements, Messi pocketed a further $27 million dollars on top of his base salary to earn $111 million in 2018.
The figures for Messi are incredible reading and not just those to do with his performance on the pitch. He has a buyout clause in his contract set at $822 million, just to ward off interest from other clubs interested in his services, and the terms of his contract are set to run until it expires at the end of the 2021/22 season, which means that Messi should be earning this kind of cash for the next three years at least.
Richest Rock Star/Group - $118 million
Although they may be slightly past their heyday of the 1980s and 1990s, there's no doubt that U2 have staying power. Bono and the boys earned around $118 million in 2018 through a variety of different sources, not solely their musical output.
Coldplay were second on this list pocketing $115.5 million but with both the top two earners in the music industry being bands, this does mean that those salaries would be split between band members, which reduces the amount each person earns considerably.
For solo artists, Ed Sheeran was the wealthiest earner in 2018, taking home $110 million, some of which he apparently used to build a controversial pond near his home. Bruno Mars pocketed $100 million with Katy Perry the highest earning rock star taking home the equivalent of four massive Mega Moolah jackpot wins of $83 million.
Richest Hollywood Superstar - $239 million
So who topped the list of the biggest earners in 2018? Strangely enough, it was George Clooney that was comfortably the best paid actor of the year, his earnings of $239 million being almost double that of second place Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, who took home around $124 million.
However, it should be noted that Clooney's earnings for the year are heavily based on his shares in the tequila company Casamigos, which was sold to Diageo in 2018 for around $700 million, a fact which massively increased the earnings for Clooney and which propelled him to the top of the list.
In terms of female performers, Black Widow actress Scarlett Johansson was the highest paid female in the list taking home $40.5 million, but she did not make the top ten on the list, which was dominated by male actors from Hollywood and Bollywood.
Richest Sports Star - $285 million
Despite his incredible earnings, Lionel Messi earned less than half of the only sporting superstar who earned more than him in 2018, American boxing ace Floyd Mayweather. Although Mayweather's last fight was a somewhat comical bout with the Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa, the hype surrounding the bout ensured that Mayweather pocketed an $9m for 139 seconds worth of actual boxing.
Add onto that the millions he made in endorsements throughout the year and you can see why Mayweather's nickname for him and his group of friends of "The Money Team", which itself is a now its own lifestyle brand, is extremely appropriate.
Essentially, Mayweather pocketed the equivalent of significantly more than the largest ever Mega Moolah win every month in 2018 and those earnings also saw his career earnings top $1 billion, in doing so he became only the third sportsman to have earnings reach ten figures, the others being Basketball legend Michael Jordan and golfing superstar Tiger Woods.
Richest Businessman - $27.9 billion
Jeff Bezos, the found of Amazon is now the richest man in the world and that has come on the back of annual earnings for 2018 of around 27.9 billion dollars. That brings his personal wealth to over 126.2 billion dollars.
However, after divorcing his wife of 25-years recently, Bezos net worth could well take a hit with estimates being that he could be forced to hand over half of his assets to his wife.
No other businessman comes close to matching what Bezos earned over those 12 months, with the next biggest earner being Fast Retailing Co. CEO Tasashi Yanai, who earned a "measly" $7 billion, almost four times less than Bezos.
To put that in perspective, if you were to match Bezos earnings in 2018 alone, by winning $20 million Mega Moolah jackpots, then you would have to win the Mega Moolah jackpot about 4 times per day, in order to match what Bezos earns.
So while Mega Moolah winners can rightly enjoy their wealth they'll need seriously lucky investment strategies before they can dine at these particular tables! But then again who cares about wining and dining with the mega rich!
If you're a Mega Moolah jackpot winner enjoy your good fortune!
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