One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A wealthy, powerful person in business or industry.‘a newspaper tycoon’
magnate, mogul, big businessman, baron, merchant prince, captain of industry, industrialist, financier, top executive, chief, lord, magnifico, nabob, grandeeView synonyms
- ‘Completed in 1914, Kohl Mansion was the home of Charles Frederick Kohl, the son of a shipping tycoon.’
- ‘Throughout the decade several oil tycoons claimed they were the inspiration for the show.’
- ‘The tech-savvy leaders may convince business tycoons to bear the financial burden.’
- ‘The Democratic Party, which had planned to hold a march to condemn nepotism between the government and business tycoons, postponed its event to Jan.16.’
- ‘He was one of the first Russian tycoons openly to declare his wealth.’
- ‘It's full of rich of ladies and business tycoons retiring after making a cool million and leaving the company to their kids.’
- ‘George, we learn, is a farm boy turned wealthy insurance tycoon.’
- ‘The City of York has produced some of the region's wealthiest working tycoons, a new survey has revealed.’
- ‘The two unexpectedly discover that the killings are connected to a group of former computer business tycoons turned religious fanatics.’
- ‘The supermarket tycoon agreed to meet Cylon for exactly one-and-a-half minutes.’
- ‘The North Yorkshire business tycoon who owns a profitable food chain has once again had a bumper pay year.’
- ‘The millionaire media tycoon faces the possibility of a snap election following the double resignation.’
- ‘The 31-year-old supermarket tycoon was held by the South Armagh IRA for six days.’
- ‘The peninsula is home to a surprising range of fine villas and mansions, most of them designed in the middle of the last century for Glasgow's industrial and financial tycoons.’
- ‘Allen, supposedly the fifth richest man in the world, is the tycoon who bankrolled both museums.’
- ‘There were only a dozen or so billionaires, most of them oil tycoons.’
- ‘He knew as well as I did that we are up against not just a business tycoon but a powerful politician.’
- ‘Corruption and bribery are rampant in many countries across Asia Pacific, often involving top politicians, government officials, military personnel, and business tycoons.’
- ‘The head hunter took him to a real estate tycoon based in Mumbai.’
- ‘The speed with which the 76-year-old tycoon has moved has staggered most observers.’
2A title applied by foreigners to the shogun of Japan in power between 1857 and 1868.
Mid 19th century: from Japanese taikun ‘great lord’.
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