ty·​coon | \ tī-ˈkün How to pronounce tycoon (audio) \

Definition of tycoon

1a : a businessperson of exceptional wealth, power, and influence : magnate
b : a top leader (as in politics)
2 : shogun

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Examples of tycoon in a Sentence

an oil tycoon who's widely considered the most powerful man in the county

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The actor has been on Empire since 2015 and portrays Jamal Lyon, the middle son of hip-hop tycoon Lucious (Terrence Howard) and Cookie (Taraji P. Henson). Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Hollywood Supports Jussie Smollett Following Racist and Homophobic Attack," 29 Jan. 2019 The same is true in the neighbouring Czech Republic, where Andrej Babis, an erratic tycoon facing fraud charges, is struggling to put together a government. The Economist, "A struggle between authoritarians and liberals in the heart of Europe," 26 May 2018 The center’s board includes current and former executives from ConocoPhillips; Yergin; Chinese oil tycoon Fu Chengyu; and Charif Souki, co-founder of Cheniere and Tellurian. Jie Jenny Zou Of The Center For Public Integrity, The Seattle Times, "How DC unleashed fossil-fuel exports despite climate worries," 16 Oct. 2018 Billionaire tycoon Mochtar Riady’s Lippo Group, one of Indonesia’s biggest conglomerates, is among those caught out. Saumya Vaishampayan, WSJ, "Bad Calls Hurt Junk Borrowers In a Once-Hot Emerging Market," 23 Sep. 2018 Sitting down with Jihan Wu, one gets the sense that the crypto-tycoon might be more at home in a college AV club than in the ranks of the world’s youngest, richest businesspeople. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "A Sit-Down With Billionaire Bitcoin Mining Mogul Jihan Wu of Bitmain," 8 June 2018 The 46-year-old tycoon is spending almost $1 billion over the next three years on renewables, including the U.K.’s first subsidy-free windfarm, in a effort to be self-sufficient in energy. Rachel Morison, Bloomberg.com, "Steel Tycoon Looks to Skies for Future of U.K.'s Last Mills," 19 Dec. 2017 The tech tycoon is now worth $16.6 billion, according to Forbes, and the divorce filing that Riley made in Los Angeles Superior Court in March 2016 did not mention a prenuptial agreement. Lindsay Silberman, Town & Country, "Elon Musk and Amber Heard Have Split After a Year of Dating," 7 Aug. 2017 Since then its stock has tumbled by more than half, reducing the aluminum tycoon’s fortune by $3.8 billion. Fortune, "3 Weeks of Sanctions Have Cost This Man $3.8 Billion," 25 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of tycoon

1857, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for tycoon

Japanese taikun

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English Language Learners Definition of tycoon

: a very wealthy and powerful business person


ty·​coon | \ tī-ˈkün How to pronounce tycoon (audio) \

Kids Definition of tycoon

: a very powerful and wealthy business person

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a sum of money that is sent as a payment

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