Here’s a question I would like to propose... How much is a dragon worth?
My guess, $9.75 BILLION!
This past Sunday I woke up with the biggest smile on my face. After months of trading theories with friends and watching trailers on YouTube, the new season of Game of Thrones was finally here. I prepared myself by buying a plethora of junk food and watching old episodes.
And I can say with some certainty that I’m not the only one that did this.
With a number of potential wars on the horizon, I started to wonder how much of an advantage Khaleesi's dragons are. I mean she basically has air support when no one else does, which got me thinking, how much are her dragons worth?
Since we live in a free-market society and generally something is only worth what someone else is willing to pay for it, I had to figure out how much a dragon would sell for. Of course Game of Thrones dragons aren’t real (unfortunately) so the most similar living thing I could find was the cost of a Komodo dragon, which, if you’re curious will cost you around $30,000 - not counting the hefty fines you’ll end up paying if caught with one.
Since Komodo dragons can’t fly or spit fire I had to find something a little more comparable. This article talks about how the dragons in season 7 are about the size of a Boeing 747. We’re getting close but again, a 747 doesn’t have the destructive capabilities or our beloved dragons.
So what’s the closest thing?
My guess is a Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor!
According to Lockheed Martin, the F-22 Raptor “defines air dominance. It’s unique combination of speed, agility and lethal weaponry, make it the best air fighter in the world”. Sounds a lot like a dragon if you ask me.
So how did I come up with $9.75 billion per dragon? Well, as precise as it may sound, I simply took the cost of each F-22 ($150 million) and multiplied it by the number of F-22s ever made (195) for a total of ~$29 billion. Since there are only 3 dragons in Game of Thrones, their value must be higher than the F-22 as they are rarer. So $29 billion divided by 3 left me with a price tag of almost $10 billion for a single dragon.
One thing to keep in mind is that I didn't account for the conversion from US Dollars to Gold Dragon coins, so I’m sure my calculations are off a bit. Another thing I didn’t add to the cost of a dragon was the massive anxiety this shows causes me and the amount of junk food I consumed whilst coming up with this arbitrary calculation.