By The Numbers

McDonald’s happy plan

Beidi Zhang and Tony Wagner May 4, 2015
$6.4 billion

This is how much Google would have to pay in fines if it was found violating anti-trust laws in Europe. Today, we speak with the European Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager, who is leading the probe into the tech giant. Google is accused of using its dominant position in Europe — 90 percent of market share — to promote its own services in searches. Google denies any wrongdoing. 


That’s the median expected retirement age. A new Gallup poll found 37 percent of people expected to retire after 65, a portion that has been growing for decades, especially after 2009. In contrast, about two thirds of retired people surveyed sad they stopped working before turning 65.


This is how many locations McDonald’s has around the world. A big turnaround plan is due today from the fast food giant. Representatives say it will reassert itself as a “modern, progressive burger company.” This comes at a time that the fast-food giant’s global sales were down 2.3 percent in the first quarter.

87 percent

The portion of ads in iTunes’ top 100 podcasts that advertised for web-based services, according to an analysis by FiveThirtyEight. We looked into the niche-but-growing business of podcast advertising, where giving a host that latitude to curse when talking about your product could lead to great return on investment.

81 percent

The portion of The Onion’s revenue that comes from Onion Labs, the satirical news organization’s sponsored content arm. The Atlantic notes, the satirical newspaper is in the pretty much the exact same predicament as the news organizations it mimics. The Onion hasn’t actually been in print for years; instead it’s building verticals and selling branded content as it tries to stay afloat, even profitable, online.


That’s reportedly how much Floyd Mayweather made per second over the weekend. The historic boxing match between Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Manny “Pac Man” Pacquiao brought in millions for the boxers and their sponsors. It also made the most expensive pay per view episode yet, at a hefty $99.99 for a single episode.

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