From Elon Musk to Jeff Bezos, the mega-rich have a lot of crazy ideas that range from fascinating to inspiring. Unfortunately, none of the more than 1,600 billionaires in the world have yet committed to building a dinosaur theme park, a pursuit that is not without its, um, challenges — as the "Jurassic Park" franchise continues to prove time and time again.
Dinosaurs escaping and killing all the tourists aside, there's one other huge obstacle standing in the way of any real-life Jurassic World: its T-Rex-sized price tag.
According to a new video breaking down the costs of a Jurassic Park experience, prospective billionaires would have to cough up $23,432,400,000 just to get the park up and running. The biggest costs are the two islands off Costa Rica — Isla Nublar, where the park is located, and Isla Sorna, where the dinosaurs are raised. Based on real estate figures, billionaire John Hammon and his company InGen would have had to pay $10 billion to secure them. After that, annual operating costs are estimated at a cool $12 billion for food, maintenance, and everything else that greases the gears of a modern theme park/zoo.
The video breaks down costs based on the original "Jurassic Park," but since "Jurassic World" is roughly the realization of John Hammond's dream 22 years later, the numbers are likely similar, give or take a few billion.
Check it out below — and let's hope Bill Gates, Warren Buffett or Mark Zuckerberg see this as an opportunity. Even if dinosaur DNA isn't a viable option, I'd still be willing to visit "Pleistocene Park."
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