The death of former president Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi captivated the country the past two weeks with details about the late leader filling the pages of all newspapers and blogs.
One interesting area of the conversation was the cost it would take to bury Kenya’s second president. Most reports claim that Mzee Moi’s burial costs were estimated to cost Sh. 300 million.
Some Kenyans were surprised at the cost but considering it to high. But what many might not know is that Mzee Moi’s burial costs pale in comparison to other famous leaders from history.
Princess Diana-Sh. 650,000,000 million
Although Princess Diana was no longer the wife of the Prince of Wales, Diana was given a royal funeral in Westminster Abbey, so as to pay an appropriate tribute to her global status and honor her as the mother of the future King of England.
Her service included rousing readings from her family as well as one of the most memorable funeral songs of all time: Elton John performing “Candle in the Wind.”
Pope John Paul II-Sh. 984,581,844 million
The Pope was laid to rest six days after his death, but not before kings, queens, prime ministers, presidents and world religious leaders gathered to mourn him.
The funeral, which reportedly cost The Vatican nine million euros, also drew four million pilgrims into Rome and spurred more than two billion television viewers.
John F Kennedy-Sh. 4 billion
In a memo from Margaret Earl to David Gergen, the projected cost of expenses relating to President Kennedy’s funeral was four million dollars. In addition, taxpayers footed the bill for a Day of Mourning, which only required essential, federal emergency employees to report to work.
According to The Museum of Broadcast Communications, T.V networks lost approximately $40 million dollars in profits associated with regular commercials and television programming.
Ronald Reagan-Shs. 40 billion
During the United States’ official Day of Mourning for the late president, stock markets closed, federal workers were given the day off and media outlets focused on nothing but the funeral services.
Functional Ambivalent crunched the numbers and found that it cost $400,000,000 on the taxpayers. If you add to that amount the estimated costs for state services, security and cost to networks, some speculate that the total expenses related to Reagan’s funeral may have reached as high as $800 million or even $1 billion.
Alexander the Great-Shs. 60 billion
Some accounts of Alexander’s death claim that he was preserved in a vat of honey and encased in glass, while other historical depictions show that he was placed inside an elaborate gold sarcophagus, which was encased in a gold casket.
To top it off, this gold shrine was transported from Babylon to Macedonia via a gold carriage, a team of upwards of sixty horses and a specially constructed road built to hold the weight and size of the procession.