Definition of billionaire in English:

billionaire

noun

  • A person possessing assets worth at least a billion dollars (or pounds, etc.).

    • ‘But Mexico has more billionaires and millionaires than any country in Latin America.’
    • ‘Who cares about the squabbles between billionaires and millionaires?’
    • ‘Being a billionaire, he hopes, will at least give him a style edge over his opponents.’
    • ‘The Davos summit has been going on for decades, mostly as a place for billionaires and millionaires to mingle.’
    • ‘More recently, it's been a case of millionaires striking against billionaires.’
    • ‘Last year there were 497 billionaires with a net worth of 1.54 trillion dollars.’
    • ‘The numbers of millionaires and billionaires has grown in direct proportion to the numbers condemned to lives of misery and hardship.’
    • ‘First he was in Sudan, where he managed part of the Saudi billionaire's assets.’
    • ‘And there are multi-millionaires and billionaires earning hundreds of millions of dollars per year.’
    • ‘Melbourne is filling with tycoons, moguls, magnates, billionaires and mere millionaires.’
    • ‘This group of millionaires and billionaires believes in the biblical adage that says, to whom much is given, much is required.’
    • ‘Five hundred and fifty billionaires possess the same amount of wealth as the poorest 2 billion people on the planet.’
    • ‘They each will hold enough other shares to make them billionaires, at least on paper, if the IPO is successful.’
    • ‘What about a little more than a dozen billionaires and 40 million poor people in Russia?’
    • ‘Most of the Russian billionaires and multimillionaires control raw materials and their associated industries.’
    • ‘Six of the country's billionaires have some involvement in Yukos.’
    • ‘At the same time I get angry when I think a bunch of billionaires and millionaires are going to go on strike because they can only think of themselves.’
    • ‘Black homeownership is growing, as are the ranks of the Black millionaires and billionaires among us.’
    • ‘But there is no argument about his creative genius, which has made him a dollar billionaire.’
    • ‘He is listed as the billionaire whose net worth declined the most, a hefty 91 per cent.’
    • ‘We need to money to see this sight reserved for millionaires and billionaires.’
    magnate, mogul, big businessman, baron, merchant prince, captain of industry, industrialist, financier, top executive, chief, lord, magnifico, nabob, grandee
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Origin

Mid 19th century: from billion, on the pattern of millionaire.

Pronunciation

billionaire

/ˌbilyəˈner//ˌbɪljəˈnɛr/