there are a considerable number of very elderly bethelites whose health
care costs are
probably extremely expensive in the last few months or
years of their life. All the GB and
their wives and branch committees
and so on when they suffer from cancer, stroke, heart
Let's say there are 1000 of these horrifically ill Bethelites (5% of worldwide Bethelite population, another gross exaggeration). Say their medical expenses run $100,000 per year. That's $100 million.
Maintaining, heating and air conditioning such huge fascitlies in dozens
of branches is
likely to be a huge cost. Maintaining property is a huge
I surmised $2000 per year per Bethelite. For a branch facility housing say 100 Bethelites, that's $200,000 per year. Think of a 50 or 60 unit apartment complex - is maintenance / HVAC going to run $200,000 per year, when 90% of the maintenance is done "for free" by volunteers?
And I think we may tend to underestimate the amount that Watchtower is
spending in legal fees
and compensation payouts already. Worldwide this
alone may amount to tens of millions annually.
OK, let's exaggerate again and say $100 million.
Plus travel costs for the GB and their entourage must be a considerable expense. And all the
endless gatherings of COs, elders, branch members, technical staff, lawyers and goodness
knows what else.
There's maybe 100 highest of the high ranking bigshots who travel at WTS expense, throw in wives that's 200. Let's exaggerate extraordinarily again and say they spend $50,000 per year per person on travel. That's $100 million.
And paper is more expensive and they still need to print WT study magazines and a few
other essential items
What the hey, let's wildly speculate and say they spend $100 million per year on paper & ink.
And there are probably lots of other costs we don’t even imagine.
Sure, OK, let's put another $100 million in "petty cash".
So, wildly overestimating and exaggerating and speculating on all kinds of stuff, I'm struggling to come close to half of the "$2 billion per year" number.
Look, I'm sure they spend hundreds of millions - but it's an extraordinary exaggeration to say their expenses are a minimum of $2 billion per year.