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By the Numbers: Roberta Buffett Elliott’s $100 Million Donation

Warren Buffett’s sister just gave $100 million to her alma mater, Northwestern University. What else could you get for that amount of money?

Northwestern University campus in Evanston.   Photo: Chris Walker/Chicago Tribune

Roberta Buffett Elliot donated the largest single gift to Northwestern University this morning, totaling more than $100 million to her alma mater, according to the Chicago Tribune. The sum will create the Roberta Buffett Institute for Global Studies, which will offer travel grants and scholarships—among other uses—to students at the Evanston–based university.

Now, $100 million is a grand sum of money. And if somehow you had personally inherited the same donation from Warren Buffett’s sister, there would be an infinite number of ways to spend it. We came up with 12. It can’t hurt to dream a little, can it?

5,000,000

Number of 64 oz. growlers at Temperance Beer Company

117,647

Plane tickets (~$850 each) to Qatar, the location of Northwestern’s overseas campus

3,571,428

Weekly Ventra passes

37,174,721

Burrito Supremes from Taco Bell

5

Number of years you could pay Jay Cutler to be your quarterback. Though, why would you want to?

381

The number of four-year, full-ride scholarships (at $65,554 per year)

90,991

13-inch MacBook Pros

222,222

Winter parkas from The North Face

12,903,225

Double Griddled Burgers from Edzo’s

150,000,000

Number of wings from Buffalo Joes

10%

of Barack Obama’s 2012 presidential campaign

1

New student center

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