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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Late in 2017, Apollo Global Management LLC, the private-equity firm co-founded by billionaire investor Leon Black, agreed to acquire privately held Sun Country Airlines for an undisclosed amount. Robert Wall, WSJ, "Private Equity Makes Leasing Planes a Hot Commodity," 4 July 2018 Amazon employees are also calling for the company to end its cloud hosting services with Palantir, the Silicon Valley data analysis firm co-founded by billionaire investor and Facebook board member Peter Thiel. Hamza Shaban,, "Amazon Employees Demand Company Cut Ties With ICE," 22 June 2018 SF Racing — controlled by top employees of billionaire investor George Soros — maintains its share of the breeding rights but sold racing rights to Starlight Racing and Head of Plains Racing. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, "Justify's journey from 'turf sprinter' to Triple Crown winner," 15 June 2018 Breed supporters were out in force at the Salesforce celebration as well, with billionaire tech investor Ron Conway in the VIP section. Matier & Ross, San Francisco Chronicle, "SF’s Salesforce Tower opening showed strange bedfellows of tech and politics," 27 May 2018 Was Sacramento's billionaire soccer investor in town? Ryan Lillis, sacbee, "Major League Soccer expansion bid appears headed for Cincinnati | The Sacramento Bee," 24 May 2018 The move also bucked billionaire investor Warren Buffett’s advice against making heat-of-the moment political stands. Julie Johnsson,, "United Air CEO Says Decision to Drop NRA Discounts Was Personal," 23 May 2018 Parker blamed billionaire investor George Soros and the Southern Poverty Law Center for attempting to undermine his campaign. John Sharp,, "Bill Hightower cites sheriff's inmate-feeding practices for budget reform," 10 Apr. 2018 The children of the rich and famous – at least one future billionaire among them – were spending their spare time dabbling with orgonites, which just happen to have a slightly more fraught history than, say, fidget spinners or terrariums., "Kylie Jenner, Crystals & Cults: Inside The Mysterious Orgonite Society," 13 July 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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