21. Carving Your Name in The Earth So It’s Seen From Space
One of the most over-the-top things a billionaire has ever done was have their name carved in the Earth to be so large, it could be seen from space. It reminds me of how little kids write their name on everything before they go to preschool. Hamdan Al Nahyan owned a private island called Futaisi. Because he had so much land to work with, he hired a team of men to carve his name into the ground. Much of this filled up with water, spelling out the name Hamand. This was so large, you could see this from space, and look it up live on Google Earth under “Hamand in the Sand”.
Normally, Hamand spelled his name in Arabic letters, but he purposely chose the English spelling, because he wanted to be as famous as possible. By 2012, his name had disappeared in the sand. After searching online, I can’t find any explanation as to why he allowed his name to be removed, but it’s most likely due to strong winds pushing the sand towards the shore. In the three pictures above, you can see how the letters gradually disappeared over time. Now, only part of the “H” still exists.