billionaire

noun
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

Examples of billionaire in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This site is protected by recaptcha Privacy Policy | Terms of Service $43 million: How much billionaire and conservative donor Ken Griffin spent to buy a copy of the constitution. Ben Kamisar, NBC News, 11 Aug. 2022 It's named for Marcus Cicero, a Roman statesman who died more than 2,000 years ago, and funded by Joe Lonsdale, a young tech billionaire and a colleague of Peter Thiel, the right-leaning political activist and entrepreneur. Nick Watt, CNN, 9 Aug. 2022 Independent of the investing-world cachet of her husband, the billionaire and hedge-fund founder John Griffin, Ms. Griffin has built her own reputation for identifying promising startups. Chavie Lieber, WSJ, 4 Aug. 2022 The resort shines under its new owner, billionaire and Best Buy founder Richard M. Schulze, and features very private beachfront villas. Jim Dobson, Forbes, 31 July 2022 The issue wasn’t just this particular billionaire and this particular yacht. New York Times, 29 July 2022 The funds mean the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, named after the billionaire and his ex-wife, will disburse $9 billion annually by 2026, up from about $6 billion today. Andrew Jeong, Washington Post, 14 July 2022 The losses fund government programs and enrich others, including a Canadian private equity billionaire and a Japanese convenience-store conglomerate. Detroit Free Press, 13 July 2022 The losses fund government programs and enrich others, including a Canadian private equity billionaire and a Japanese convenience-store conglomerate. CBS News, 11 July 2022 See More

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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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The first known use of billionaire was in 1844

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14 Aug 2022

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“Billionaire.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/billionaire. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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