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How much is $7 billion? Rogue trader damages eyed

PARIS (AP) – The Paris appeals court has ordered former Societe Generale trader Jerome Kerviel to spend three years in prison and pay back (EURO)4.9 billion (about $7 billion) to the bank in damages for one of the biggest trading frauds in history.

If that sum sounds a tad dizzying, it is. Here’s some perspective on $7 billion:

_ Kerviel used to take home a salary and bonus of under (EURO)100,000 (about $155,700) a year. For him to pay off those damages, he would have to work 49,000 years.

_ It’s about double the amount of money that Facebook made last year.

_ It can buy 17 million Ferraris.

_ It can buy 20 Airbus A380 superjumbo jets.

_ It’s the size of the economy of the eastern European nation of Moldova.

_ It’s way more than the cost of the 2012 U.S. election (projected by analysts to be around $6 billion.)

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