07/30/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Madoff's 150-Year Sentence In Context (SLIDESHOW)

As you probably know by now, Bernard Madoff was sentenced to 150 years in prison for orchestrating the largest ponzi scheme in history.

The sheer size and scope of Madoff's $68 billion fraud, in which thousands of investors lost huge portions of their savings, is hard to contextualize. His prison term, however, is a bit easier to get your head around. Though nothing short of a full refund for his investors could make up for what he did, 150-years is a long time. Check out our slideshow, which puts Madoff's sentence in terms that are easier to understand:

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