How would you spend €88m? Here are a few options.
A Premier League football team: No, you’re not going to get your mitts on Liverpool or Manchester City for €88m, but the chairman of Middlesbrough, Steve Gibson, just this month turned down an offer of £50m (€58m) from Chinese investors. €88m is roughly £75m — would that be enough to persuade Gibson to hand over the keys to his boyhood club?
You’d probably need to spend a few extra quid before the end of the current transfer window, however ‘Boro are currently just four points off the relegation places. Or, if you’re a Liverpool fan, you could give the club a few quid so they can try and buy Luis Suarez back from Barcelona.
An island: Actually, you could buy a few islands for €88m. A quick look at privateislandsonline.com shows a few sun-drenched islands around the coast of Belize going for as little as €300,000.
Up the scale there are options for $5m (€4.6m) and $6m in locations as far-flung as Canada and Fiji. For a genuine whopper, try the large island in the Ionian Sea situated between the islands of Ithaka and Lafkada, on sale for €45m.
The leftover cash could be put towards fitting it out with pubs and a few decent chippers.
A big house: Ireland has plenty of castles for sale, or you could just go for a palatial property, such as this one, listed on fivestar.ie.
Overlooking Dalkey Island, it has 5769sq ft of space, plus living in Dalkey means you’re mixing in all the right circles. Kick a football hard enough and who knows, it might in Bono’s garden. It’s on sale for €10.5m.
A mega-yacht: www. burgessyachts.com has a few choice yachts for sale, such as the SYCARA V, which can accommodate up to 20 guests and has a top speed of 16 knots. It’s yours for a mere €62.5m. Beat the devastating effects of global warming and melting ice-caps by sailing around the planet. But, avoid roaming pirates.
A work of art: Fancy having a Rubens on your wall? Massacre of the Innocents by Peter Paul Ruben sold in 2002 for around $77m, so it might have appreciated in value since, but it’s worth asking before trying to pick up a Rothko instead.
Or you could give a load of it away to charity and people who actually need it.
According to Jim Walsh of the Society of the St Vincent de Paul, the charity spent a total of €77m in 2015 aiding its clients.
With only a fraction of that money coming from the State, an extremely generous Euromillions winner could effectively bankroll a large national charity for a year.
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