Interested in Buying a Country?

For a few well-heeled billionaires the option is on the table. In an interesting slide show, Forbes highlights the countries billionaires could choose to purchase with a collective $1.27 trillion on hand.

The wealthiest American around, Bill Gates, could conceptually attempt to purchase Costa Rica. It has a GDP of about $48.3 billion, which is smaller than his $50 billion nest egg.

Similarly, Warren Buffett could go shopping for North Korea at $40 billion, and Larry Ellison could take a look at Bahrain, a steal at $26.8 billion.

Forbes offers pictures of several notable billionaires and their respective potential shopping targets.