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Not too long ago, a Redditor named ASmileThatKills worked out just how much Joey owed Chandler in Friends. Turned out, it was an insanely big big number. Now, Reddit is at it again and this time it has set it sights on the hit TV show [How I Met Your Mother](series:200728).

User Sir-Zeph took to the site proclaiming he had worked out just how much Barney Stinson makes a year.

The result? A ton of money, I mean... Barney is filthy rich...

You deserve that drink
You deserve that drink

So how much exactly, I hear you cry?

Well, based on reasonable assumptions Sir-Zeph carefully calculated Barney spent on (yep, you guessed it) his suits a year, Zeph gave us a breakdown via different episodes over multiple seasons. Check out his results below!

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.
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 x 4000) on suits a year approximately.
In No Tomorrow (S03E12), Barney wears a fancy green suit on St. Patty's day.
In Miracles (S03E20), Barney is hit by the bus and later in the hospital reveals to the gang that they had to cut his suit.
In The Naked Man (S04E09), Barney attempts to score with a blonde, who rejects him and kicks him out on the street without his clothes and his phone. Now that adds 2 more suits to the count.
In The Front Porch (S04E17), it was revealed that Barney sleeps in his specially tailored Suitjamas. Now assuming that he wouldn't bring a flashy green suit and his suitjamas to wear at the wedding, it is safe to assume that these 2 suits weren't in the adjoining room. This adds two more to the overall count.
In Girls Vs Suits (S05E12), Barney accidentally rips a suit which is a loss of 1 suit from his overall collection of suits owned in the span of 15 years.
In False Positive (S06E12), Barney donates 4 racks of suits, which is a loss of 60 (4 x 15) suits from the overall collection of suits owned in the span of 15 years.
In Unpause (S09E15), it is revealed that Barney spends 1 'crapload' on suits a year and he makes 16 'craploads' a year.
In Vesuvius (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 suits.

After wrapping your head around all those numbers and episodes, here's how the whole thing plays out:

Barney's Yearly Income:

  • 210 + 60 + 1 + 2 + 2= 275 Suits
  • 275 / 15 = 18.333 Suits/year
  • $4000 x 18.333 = $73,332/year
  • $73,332 x 16 = $1,173,312
  • Barney makes $1,173,312 a year.
Highest of Fives my man.
Highest of Fives my man.

But here's the best part... As pointed out above, these values are approximations based on reasonable assumptions - his suits. Take into account his kick ass bachelor pad, kitted out with every awesome accessory, gadget and gizmo under the sun and I think it's a safe bet so to say that Barney Stinson was even RICHER than we could ever imagine.

His wage is LEGEN - wait for it - DARY!

Source: Sir-Zeph


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