20 Nov

Morgan Stanley’s $9,000,000,000.00 Check. That’s $9 Billion!

As detailed in Too Big to Fail: How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System — and Themselves, Morgan Stanley received a $9 billion investment from Mitsubishi UFJ in the fall of 2008 that kept the firm from collapsing. The payment was supposed to be wired electronically, but because it needed to be made on an emergency basis on a holiday, Mitsubishi cut a physical check, perhaps the largest ever written.

Below is a copy of the $9,000,000,000.00 check.

Too Big to Fail: The $9 Billion Japanese Check to Morgan Stanley

20 Responses to “Morgan Stanley’s $9,000,000,000.00 Check. That’s $9 Billion!”

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  3. Xavier Noria 21 November 2009 at 4:16 pm #

    I love the precission up to the cents.

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  6. Michael 21 November 2009 at 10:01 pm #

    Wow! That is the biggest one on record!

    Amazing that it can be done faster than a wire!

  7. [...] Mor­gan Stanley’s $9,000,000,000.00 Check. That’s $9 Billion! | Andrew Ross Sorkin “As detailed in Too Big to Fail: How Wall Street and Wash­ing­ton Fought to Save the Finan­cial Sys­tem — and Them­selves, Mor­gan Stan­ley received a $9 bil­lion invest­ment from Mit­subishi UFJ in the fall of 2008 that kept the firm from col­laps­ing. The pay­ment was sup­posed to be wired elec­tron­i­cally, but because it needed to be made on an emer­gency basis on a hol­i­day, Mit­subishi cut a phys­i­cal check, per­haps the largest ever written.” (tags: mor­ganstan­ley finan­cial busi­ness econ­omy eco­nom­ics) [...]

  8. William 22 November 2009 at 2:20 pm #

    False. The largest check ever written was in Zimbabwe. Either Mugabe or one of his cohorts cut it to purchase a new BMW, if I recall correctly. Now, I know as far as dollar value the Morgan Stanley one is higher, but the check from Zimbabwe had numbers on it I did not even know existsted they were so high.

  9. David 23 November 2009 at 8:26 am #

    The only contender may be the one written by the Kuwaitis to help pay for Gulf War I. At one time it was on display in the Navy Supply Corps Museum in Athens, GA and totaled in the billions. Combat conditions in both cases!

  10. @William 23 November 2009 at 2:03 pm #

    “Largest” obviously means by value… or would you like to consider physical size as well?

  11. Ed 23 November 2009 at 7:05 pm #

    In a few years, you will be spending that much to buy a loaf of bread.

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  16. Josh 6 December 2009 at 6:22 am #

    Good thing they put the “.00″ on the end, just to be safe….

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