> It's a consolation prize for not winning the bigger reward and accepting very
> high probability of a publicly-destroyed career, lots of humiliation and public hate.
Oh boo fucking hoo. LOTS of people have had their careers "destroyed" for one reason or another but we don't give them all $200 million. A typical person might work (very rough numbers) 40 years at an average of $50k/year -- that's TWO million dollars in THEIR WHOLE LIFE. And I'm supposed to feel somehow bad for this 42-year-old who has ONE HUNDRED TIMES that much money?
Poor baby, has a bad reputation and can't work. She'll have to spend the rest of her life, sitting alone in her apartment, looking at want ads, wishing she could work, scraping by with just 100x as much money as a typical working slob will ever see. Boo hoo hoo.
Say she has $200M today. Loses $100M to taxes so she has $100M left. Invests it in CDs at her bank for 1%. That's $1M/year. She is literally at the "live off the interest" level. You could do a LOT of bad things to me if "never have to work again" was the prize.