Someone worked out how much Barney from How I Met Your Mother earned – it’s a LOT

He could be the richest TV character OF ALL TIME.


by Lauren Smith |
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Remember when we told you how much money Joey Tribbiani from Friends owed Chandler Bing? We have another mind-boggling TV stat for you, courtesy of *Reddit. *

This time it's about How I Met Your Mother, and suit-wearing playa Barney Stinson.

Fans of the show will know that Barney earns some serious cash - he's always wearing nice clothes and flashing some dollar around. But a serious HIMYM fan, Redditor Sir-Zeph, worked out exactly how much he was raking in - and it's pretty shocking.

Here's how Sir-Zeph figured it all out:

He realised Barney once said that he earns approximately 16 times what he spends on suits. Then, using data from other episodes, calculated this:

"In Vesuvirus (S09E19), Barney shows Ted two rooms full of suits. From what is shown, there are 7 racks of 15 suits in one room. Assuming the second room also has 7 racks of 15 suits, Barney owns 210 (2(7*15)) suits."

He then added: "In Game Night (S01E15), it was stated that Barney has been wearing suits since 1998, which translates to a period of 15 years up to the point of his wedding. Hence it can be concluded that Barney purchases 14 suits a year on average."

And FINALLY: "In Cupcake (S01E16), Barney takes Marshall to his tailor to get him a suit which was $4000 (which Marshall finds out later on). From this we can calculate that Barney spends $56,000 (14*4000) on suits a year approximately."

Based on all that info, he calculated THIS:

"210 + 60 + 1 + 2 + 2= 275 Suits

275 / 15 = 18.333 Suits/year

$4000 * 18.333 = $73,332/year

$73,332 * 16 = $1,173,312

Barney makes $1,173,312 a year."

In case this all looks like gobbledygook (we got a bit lost tbh) - the idea is that Barney buys 18 suits a year. He spends $4000 on them each, making that a whopping total of $73,332. 16 times that means his salary is over A MILLION DOLLARS.

Of course, this calculation is depending on the fact that Barney always spends that much on a suit. And that sitcoms have scripts that follow this type of meticulous attention to detail. We doubt the writers had worked all of this out at the time. They just wanted to make people laugh and stuff.

But still - we were impressed!

Barney, we're happy for you.
Barney, we're happy for you.
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