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Brewster’s Millions

In the 1985 movie Brewster’s Millions Montgomery Brewster, played by Richard Pryor learns of an inheritance of $300 million. In order to get this inheritance, he has to spend $30 million in 30 days.

What’s more he’s not allowed to have any assets to show for the $30m or waste the money in any way. In addition, he’s not inform anybody of the reasons why he has to spend the money.

Throughout the film, many people claim that Brewster breaks the terms and conditions of the will on many occasions – for example, some people cite the using of the stamp breaks the “You must not destroy what is inherently valuable” clause.

Ideas on how to spend $30 million in 30 days;

  1. 30 days of 24-hour partying, with the best food, champagne, wine and beer. Hire top-rate singers, dancers and performers. Pay 10 top bands, rent out a stadium and hire equipment and workers all paid extra for short notice.
  2. Use the “Donate 5% to charity, 5% on betting” clause
  3. Spend millions on an advertising campaign for a product that doesn’t exist – or better yet, pull the product a day before its launch and claim there was a fault with it
  4. Hire out penthouse suites in top 50 richest hotels of the world for 30 days at double the usual rate
  5. Run for a political seat, then resign
  6. Invest the money into Internet shares
  7. Rent out 30 cars, 30 chaffeuers and tell them to drive around the city for 30 days

It does lead to the question – how would you spend $30 million in 30 days, but without purchasing assets? I guess you have to rent everything, and pay thrice the price, if you pardon the pun.