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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While Kylie recently made headlines for reaching billionaire status partly thanks to those lip kits in your makeup bag, Travis has been busy making dollars of his own. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Travis Scott's Net Worth Is Absolutely Insane," 3 May 2019 Robert Mitchum follows as the smarmy billionaire bachelor who treats the isle of Manhattan as his business headquarters. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "An Ode to the Campiest Film You’ve Probably Never Seen," 19 Apr. 2019 In the hours following the devastating fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on Monday, French billionaires are pledging their support to rebuild the iconic church. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "France's Richest Man, Bernard Arnault, Pledges $226 Million to Help Rebuild Notre Dame," 16 Apr. 2019 Marc Andreessen is now a billionaire venture capitalist who was an early investor in Facebook and believes VR is the wave of the future. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "Later, Navigator: How Netscape Won and Then Lost the World Wide Web," 4 Apr. 2019 Last year, the billionaire paid $110.5 million dollars for the late artist's untitled 1982 skull painting at a Sotheby's auction—a record price for an American artist at auction, according to The New York Times. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Who Is Yusaku Maezawa? Everything You Want to Know About the First-Ever Moon Tourist," 18 Sep. 2018 The Kylie Cosmetics Kylie Jenner x Jordyn Woods collection is still piping hot from the beauty ovens, but that hasn't stopped our favorite young billionaire from teasing even more new products. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Kylie Jenner Teased Two New Peach and Burgundy Eye Shadow Palettes," 26 Sep. 2018 After billionaire Richard Branson announced an aid concert in Colombia on Friday to benefit Venezuelans suffering food and medicine shortages amid their country’s economic crisis, Nicolas Maduro’s government ordered up a rival concert of its own. Luis Andres Henao, The Seattle Times, "A look at rival Branson vs Maduro concerts for Venezuela," 20 Feb. 2019 Is the desire to identify with a woman who gets to say something without interruption less lofty than the desire to identify with a billionaire inventor who saves the world with his cool rocket suit? Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "Welcome to Rom-Com Week," 11 Feb. 2019

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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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