We are getting some of the funniest and most interesting Reddit threads when nerds and geeks are bored. It wasn’t that long ago that someone did the math on how much Friend’s Joey owed Chandler based on numbers and events from the show; now someone has done the same for How I met your Mother’s Barney Stinson.
The show was very cryptic about both Barney’s job and his income, except that it was a lot judging by his awesome full-wall TV, full-sized Storm Trooper or Skymall orders. But there were hints and the Redditor Sir-Zeph did the math based on suits – what could be more fitting for Barney, the man who would give his life for one.
In Unpause (S09E15), it is revealed that Barney spends 1 Crapload on suits a year and he makes 16 Craploads a year. Barney also says that Robin’s family’s wealth amounts to 6000 Canadian Craploads.
In Vesuvirus (S09E19), Barney shows Ted two rooms full of suits. From what is shown, there are 7 racks of 15 suits in one room. Assuming the second room also has 7 racks of 15 suits, Barney owns 210 (2(7*15)) suits.
In Game Night (S01E15), it was stated that Barney has been wearing suits since 1998, which translates to a period of 15 years up to the point of his wedding. Hence it can be concluded that Barney purchases 14 suits a year on average.
In Cupcake (S01E16), Barney takes Marshall to his tailor to get him a suit which was $4000 (which Marshall finds out later on). From this we can calculate that Barney spends $56,000 (14*4000) on suits a year approximately.
In False Positive (S06E12), Barney donates 4 racks of suits, which is a loss of 60 (4*15) suits from the overall collection of suits owned in the span of 15 years.
In Girls Vs Suits (S05E12), Barney accidentally rips a suit which is a loss of 1 suit from his overall collection of suits owned in the span of 15 years.
In No Tomorrow (S03E12), Barney spots a fancy green suit on St. Patty’s day.
In The Front Porch (S04E17), it was revealed that Barney sleeps in his specially tailored Suitjamas. Now assuming that he wouldn’t bring a flashy green suit and his suitjamas to wear at the wedding, it is safe to assume that these 2 suits weren’t in the adjoining room. This adds two more to the overall count.
In Miracles (S03E20), Barney is hit by the bus and later in the hospital reveals to the gang that they had to cut his suit.
In The Naked Man (S04E09), Barney attempts to score with a blonde, who rejects him and kicks him out on the street without his clothes and his phone. Now that adds 2 more suits to the count.
Taking all that information and creating math out of it and Barney’s yearly income it looks something like this:
- 210 + 60 + 1 + 2 + 2= 275 Suits
- 275 / 15 = 18.333 Suits/year
- $4000 * 18.333 = $73,332/year
- $73,332 * 16 = $1,173,312
That means that Barney makes $1,173,312 a year in his unknown job position, not bad.
Thanks to Sir-Zeph for providing us with this information