bil·​lion·​aire | \ ˌbi(l)-yə-ˈner , 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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The case, along with a raft of other lawsuits against Gawker, was financed by billionaire Peter Thiel, with Harder representing all comers—a class action of sorts by the irritated and/or embarrassed. Ben Widdicombe, Town & Country, "How Much Does It Cost to Keep Your Name Out of the News?," 18 Jan. 2019 The initiative's main supporter is Tim Draper, a billionaire and venture capitalist. Taryn Luna, sacbee, "Three Californias? What you need to know.," 13 June 2018 And on top of that, SpaceX announced the first passenger for the future Starship — a Japanese billionaire who supposedly put down a substantial deposit to ride on the vehicle. Loren Grush, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: SpaceX," 29 Dec. 2018 Maezawa, a 42-year-old from Japan, is a billionaire who founded Zozotown, an online retail shop. Chris Ciaccia, Fox News, "SpaceX reveals Yusaku Maezawa will fly 'around the Moon' in historic announcement," 18 Sep. 2018 Malaysian/Singaporean, and nobody in my family is a billionaire. Stephanie Foo, Vox, "Recognizing myself in Crazy Rich Asians.," 8 Aug. 2018 Infinity War was the moment Tony Stark went from billionaire, playboy, genius, and philanthropist into, well, dad. Verge Staff, The Verge, "The best memes of 2018, according to The Verge staff," 27 Dec. 2018 Christmas at Pemberley Manor features a grinch-like billionaire (William Darcy) who comes up against an event planner (Elizabeth Bennett) who's determined to use his sprawling mansion for a holiday festival. Lourdes Avila Uribe, Glamour, "What You Can Expect to See in Every Single Hallmark Channel Christmas Movie," 24 Dec. 2018 The three-week trip across the U.S. saw Prince Mohammed meet with business leaders and celebrities, including Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos, who now owns the Post. Suzan Fraser, Fox News, "Man linked to Saudi prince at consulate when writer vanished," 18 Oct. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of billionaire

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

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