bil·​lion·​aire | \ ˌbi(l)-yə-ˈner How to pronounce billionaire (audio) , ˈbi(l)-yə-ˌner \

Definition of billionaire

: one whose wealth is estimated at a billion or more dollars, pounds, or other monetary units

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Recent Examples on the Web Biotech billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong owns the Los Angeles Times, where journalists agreed this month to avoid layoffs sparked by the sharp decline in advertising. Elahe Izadi, Washington Post, "The Atlantic lays off dozens of staff members as pandemic hits media budgets," 21 May 2020 The outlet obtained a database of hundreds of invitees, who included Republican lawmakers, conservative media figures and billionaire CEOs, along with a number of diplomats and foreign officials. Jeanine Santucci, USA TODAY, "Report: Mike Pompeo hosted taxpayer-funded 'Madison Dinners' with Republicans, Fox hosts," 21 May 2020 Some of that reputation stems from Musk’s transformation from nerdy internet millionaire to suave manufacturing billionaire. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, "The Cult of Elon Is Cracking," 20 May 2020 The Black Cube operation, made public in a court filing Thursday and described by people familiar with it, represents the latest escalation in a bitter fight between Vale and mining billionaire Beny Steinmetz. Thomas Biesheuvel,, "Mining Billionaire Gets Help From Ex-Spies in Bitter Legal Fight," 20 May 2020 JAB Holding, the acquisitive private investment company that manages the wealth of Germany’s billionaire Reimann family, will announce plans to float JDE Peet’s on Amsterdam’s stock exchange this week. Carol Ryan, WSJ, "Coffee IPO Smells of One Unfashionable Flavor," 18 May 2020 Most fans are sophisticated enough not to get worked up over billionaires fighting millionaires. Paul Daugherty,, "Doc's Morning Line: Did you see how Cincinnati ranked for the Bundesliga re-opening?," 18 May 2020 Branson has cultivated something of a daredevil image with his high-flying stunts and broken world records, his ownership of a private Carribean island only adding to the package of an eccentric and glitzy billionaire. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "Richard Branson’s Virgin empire is out for cash," 15 May 2020 The Coyotes, owned by billionaire Alex Meruelo, last month furloughed half of the team's staff through June 30, citing financial difficulties related to the pandemic. Craig Harris, azcentral, "Coyotes say they provided money to Gila River Arena to pay hourly staff. But they've not been paid," 6 May 2020

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First Known Use of billionaire

1844, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for billionaire

billion + -aire (as in millionaire)

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27 May 2020

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“Billionaire.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of billionaire

: a rich person who has at least a billion dollars, pounds, etc.

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