Have you ever wondered how much it would cost to run Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory in real life? Me neither. But the people at a company called Advanced Tech Services did . . . so they crunched the numbers.
The estimate comes to a huge $224.6 million per year, which seems like a fortune. Until you consider that it costs more than that to run the L.A. Dodgers.
Here’s how some of that breaks down: The Oompa Loompas’ salaries would be roughly $73.4 million per year, based on the average salary of a chocolate worker in the U.S., which is about $50K . . .
Oompa Loompa healthcare would cost $8.1 million.
The chocolate river would cost about $32.7 million . . . or $47.1 million with organic chocolate . . . and the glass elevator would be more expensive, in the neighborhood of $109 million. And yearly energy costs would be $2 million.
The overall company would be worth around $21.5 billion, which also seems high, but it’s almost exactly what the Cadbury chocolate company is worth. Kraft Foods acquired it for $19 billion in 2010, and with inflation the total company valuation is $21.49 billion.