Ten Things Surpassed in Worth by Snapchat
In our modern times, more and more people feel the need to share their daily habits and hobbies with friends over the internet, especially through digital photography. That said, it comes as no surprise that some of the world’s most popular photo messaging applications are actually worth dollars in the millions, even though they are completely free to download and install. One fine example is Snapchat – an ingenous application developed by Stanford University students that was launched in September 2011. What made this application so successful over the years is that it actually deletes the photos that it displays after a set amount of time, which helps protect the user’s privacy while encouraging short-term photo sharing. After a long-anticipated round of official financial calculations, it would seem that Snapshot is currently worth $800 million, which means that it surpassed in worth some of the most incredible financial accomplishments and stinging losses of our times. Here is a list of things that were surpassed in value by Snapshot – one of the world’s smallest yet highly appreciated digital applications.
1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
The eighth and final installment in the Harry Potter film series was released on July 7, 2011, and it managed to bring in $91 million on its first day, following up with a total of $483.2 million earnings in the opening weekend. The film received many prestigious titles due to its high success, some of which include the highest-grossing film in the Harry Potter franchise and the highest-grossing film of 2011.
2. Playstation 2
The Playstation 2 was one of the most popular gaming consoles in the world, and it was released in Japan on March 4, 2000 as well as in North America and Europe later the same year. Its North America launch allowed Sony to cash in as much as $340 million in the first day and many more in the following 12 years while the Playstation 2 was in production. The console was sold in over 150 million units and benefited from over 3,800 game titles.
3. The RMS Titanic
The Titanic is probably the most iconic and famed passenger liner in the world, unfortunately because of the terrible tragedy that befell it on April 15, 1912, when it collided with an iceberg and sank to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. The ship was on her maiden voyage from Southampton, UK to New York City, US, and her predicament caused the death of over 1,500 people.
Tragedy aside, the costs for building the Titanic today would add up to $400 million.
4. Call of Duty: Black Ops II
The previous record holder for the highest day one videogame sales was Call of Duty: Black Ops II – a first-person shooter video game developed by Treyarch and published by Activision. The game managed to bring in $500 million in the first 24 hours of its release, beating the previous record held by Modern Warfare 3 and becoming the biggest entertainment launch at the time. However, on September 17, 2013, this Black Ops II record was utterly obliterated with the launch of Grand Theft Auto V, which managed to bring in as much as $800 million in its first day on the market.
5. Gardner Museum Heist
The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum can be found in Boston, Massachusetts, and it houses a highly valuable collection of art pieces gathered from all corners of the world. In 1990, the museum was robbed of 13 of its most valuable paintings as part of a high-profile crime that remains unsolved to this day. The stolen artworks include A Lady and Gentleman in Black by Rembrandt, Chez Tortoni by Manet and Landscape with Obelisk by Govaert Flinck. The 13 stolen pieces had a combined value of $500 million. The incident is often referred to as the largest property theft in the world.
6. Costa Concordia Cruise Ship
The MS Costa Concordia was an Italian cruise ship built by e Fincantieri’s Sestri Ponente yards in Italy in 2005, and she served only until 2012 when she sank off the coast of Isola del Giglio in Italy. On January 13, 2012, the ship hit a rock off Isola del Giglio, an incident that resulted in a large 157-foot long tear in its hull. Out of her 3,229 passengers and 1,023 crewmembers, 32 were counted as casualties. The beautiful vessel was worth $570 million.
7. The March 30, 2012 drawing of the Mega Millions
Mega Millions is a highly popular American multi-jurisdictional $1 lottery game that had a minimum advertized jackpot of $12 million. On March 30, 2012, the Mega Millions jackpot was no less than $656 million, a draw that had three winning tickets: one from Maryland, one from Kansas and one from Illinois.
This represented the largest jackpot in Mega Millions, as well as the largest in American lottery history.
8. The 7 most valuable paintings of Vincent Van Gogh
Vincent Van Gogh was a Dutch post-Impressionist painter that had a massive influence on 20th-century art. The artist was born on March 30, 1853 and died on July 29, 1890 at the age of 37. His work involved over 2,100 pieces that include 860 oil paintings and over 1,300 watercolors, sketches, prints and drawings.
Seven of his most valuable paintings were sold at auction with a combined value of $700 million.
9. The Daily Gross domestic product of Singapore
Singapore is one of the most beautiful and most economically advanced cities in the world right now, since its gross domestic product adds up to $757 million per day. This makes Singapore the 36th largest economy in the world, and one of the richest cities and states of Southeast Asia.
However, even with its exceptional tourist attractions and widespread urban beauty, Singapore’s daily GDP does not exceed the worth of a minuscule photo sharing app.
10. Willis Tower in Chicago, Illinois
As we reached the end of our top 10, we thought it fitting to include one of the most exceptional landmarks of the United States in our list, namely the Willis Tower in Chicago, Illinois. Formerly known as the Sears Tower, this magnificent skyscraper was actually the tallest in the world from 1973 to 1988, when it was surpassed by the Petronas Twin Towers.
The Willis Tower was built in 3 years and had a budget of $780 million.