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Guess Which Famous Director Said He’s Worth ‘Half a B’

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Let’s play a game. We’ll give you a quote from a major Hollywood director, and you’ll have to guess who said it. Here’s the quote, from Rolling Stone, on the subject of net worth: “I’d say [I’m worth] about half. Half a ‘B.’” So there you have it: Which famous Hollywood director is worth “half a ‘B’”? You’ve got 30 seconds, starting … now.

[Polite music plays for ten seconds.]

It’s time for your first hint: B in this sentence stands for billion, not bedbugs or broomsticks or even bunions.

[Polite music plays for an additional ten seconds.]

Two more hints: The person we’re looking is for someone who is very rich, and would say B instead of billion. Got it yet? You have two seconds. Pencils down.

Now let’s check in with our first contestant. Which famous Hollywood director is worth “half a ‘B’”? Your answer is Brad Bird. I’m sorry, that is incorrect — thanks to the failure of Tomorrowland, Brad Bird has been left with a psychosomatic ailment that renders him incapable of saying the letter B. Tragic.

On to our next contestant. Which famous Hollywood director is worth “half a ‘B’”? You put Wes Anderson. Another miss — Wes Anderson’s net worth is actually a thimbleful of apricot jam.

Finally, let’s ask our challenger. Which famous Hollywood director is worth “half a ‘B’”? You guessed Michael Bay … which is the correct answer! Michael Bay is the filmmaker who is worth $500 million, which he has spent on “a $50 million Gulfstream G550 jet, as well as a Bentley, a Range Rover, an Escalade, a Ferrari, a Lamborghini, and two Camaros from the Transformers franchise.” Congratulations to Michael Bay, and also to you, the first and only winner of the hit internet game-show Can You Guess Which Famous Hollywood Director Is Worth “Half a ‘B’”?

Guess Which Director Is Worth ‘Half a B’