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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Sheikh Mohammed, 69, is a billionaire and racehorse owner that was seen speaking to the Queen at Royal Ascot, Britain’s most famous annual horse-racing event in June. Julia Webster, Time, "Princess Haya, Wife of Dubai's Ruler Sheikh Mohammed Al Maktoum, Is Reportedly Seeking Protection in London," 3 July 2019 Everyone’s a billionaire from running it and everything else. Eric Johnson, Vox, "The problem with tech people who want to solve problems," 26 June 2019 However, Jenner doesn’t feel like anything has changed since becoming a billionaire. Kaitlyn Frey,, "Kylie Jenner Talked About 'How Rich She Is' at the Met Gala, Says Alex Rodriguez," 25 June 2019 Elon Musk even sold a moon trip to a Japanese billionaire. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "3 Reasons Why Today's Space Race Is Better Than Apollo," 24 June 2019 The missive is not the first time a billionaire has made the argument for taxing the wealthiest more. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "Raise our taxes, liberal billionaires urge presidential candidates," 24 June 2019 When a magazine called him a billionaire a few years ago, Mr Dürr rang the editor to remonstrate. The Economist, "Germany’s business barons are finding it harder to keep a low profile," 15 June 2019 The fact that Stevens is a billionaire and minority owner in the Warriors only added fuel to the fire. Matt Young, Houston Chronicle, "The NBA's most annoying, and sometimes worst, fans," 7 June 2019 The NHL Board of Governors on Wednesday unanimously approved billionaire entrepreneur Alex Meruelo to purchase a majority share of the Arizona Coyotes, team president and CEO Ahron Cohen confirmed in a statement. Richard Morin, azcentral, "Arizona Coyotes purchase by Alex Meruelo approved by NHL Board of Governors," 19 June 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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The first known use of billionaire was in 1844

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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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