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This is What a $974 Million Personal Check Looks Like


Image: Reuters

What's the largest check you've ever received? We betcha it wasn't $974,790,317.77 - yep, nine hundred seventy four million seven hundred ninety thousand three hundred seventeen and, don't forget, 77 cents. It took two lines to write out the sum - as you can see above.

That's the check that Oklahoma oil magnate Harold Hamm wrote to his ex-wife Sue Ann Arnall, who promptly rejected her $1 billion dollar divorce settlement because it was "not fair." Arnall claimed that Hamm is worth an estimated $18 billion; Hamm countered that his net worth had taken significant beatings in the recent sharp fall in oil prices.

Well, while the rich people duke it out in divorce court, feast your eyes on what is probably the largest hand-written personal check you'll ever see in your lifetime.

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The only large transactions I've had the pleasure of receiving were both real estate deals -and both were in cashier's checks that were deposited immediately (and soon spent). But I well recall the anxiety of writing out a couple of tuition checks when I was in school 40 years ago- a whopping $2K or so. Those made me so nervous, because that was a lot of money back then. Now that's a credit card payment.
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