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year 2021?[edit]

From the first paragraph: "According to Forbes Magazine, the year 2021 saw not only the biggest increase in billionaires around the world..." Either this sentence is wrong or my hangover is worse than I thought. (talk) 19:34, 20 August 2008 (UTC)


Why is a billionaire only one who is worth US$1bn? Take Gina Rinehart, for instance – she recently became worth over a billion dollars AUD. Is she not a billionaire, then? --fuddlemark (fuddle me!) 23:39, 11 October 2005 (UTC)

  • IIRC, "billion" means a million million in British Commonwealth nations, and as far as I know, no one claims to have that many Australian or Canadian dollars, or British pounds for that matter. So millionaires would be multinational term but "billionaire" is particular to American English. (Arnoldlover 19:54, 18 March 2006 (UTC)) ... Just checked my OED. One thousand million is the French/American definition, not the British/Australian one. (Arnoldlover 19:57, 18 March 2006 (UTC))
    • Canadians definitely favour the American definition of Billionaire, and there are definitely Canadian Billionaires (though I'm not sure any are so close to the line as to not alsobe worth $1 billion USD. WilyD 17:10, 21 August 2006 (UTC)
      • The title of the article should technically be 'People who are worth more than $1 billion USD', but billionaire is in common usage, and the article states the qualification very clearly. If you change the qualification to 'People who are worth 1 Billion units of their own currency' then it will be an unfair comparison. For example, 1 dollar is worth more than 100 Japanese Yen, so 10 million USD would make you a Japanese billionaire. In addition, where can you draw the line as to being 'so close'? $999 million? $950 million? The only obvious line is at exactly $1 billion. There is, of course, nothing to prevent alternative articles being written on 'People who are worth more than 950 Million Canadian dollars', and seeing whether the Wiki Community thinks the article necessary. Blowski 13:53, 22 August 2006 (UTC)

A centimetre is 1/100 of a metre. A centibillion should be 1/100 of a billion, - 10 million (US billion), or 10 thousand million (10 milliard) with French or 'old' British understanding of the term. Thus, this article refers to who was the first person to have in excess of 10 million currency units from a US perspective; from a Turkish perspective, where at one point the exchange rate was a million Turkish lira to the British pound, this is a rather easy target. the preceding comment is by (talkcontribs) 21:07, 14 May 2006: Please sign your posts!.

"So millionaires would be multinational term but "billionaire" is particular to American English." Not in my experience. I'm British and the American usage is Billion and billionaire is now standard over here, and not even considered a crass 'Americanism' by us haughty Brits [in the way that 'airplane' would be]. Given its use in finance, goegraphy, demographics, physics etc, the US/French definition of Billion is internationally preferable. 13:26, 2 March 2007 (UTC)

"Billionaire" is quite meaningless unless the currency considered is known to be one of or reasonably near that of USD or GBP, the two currencies that dictionary definitions mention. I linked in from the Moscow article, which mentions that the city has more billionaires than any other city. Checking the citation, this is measured in USD. Otherwise, who cares? I wonder how many billionaires there were in Harare in 2008, where you needed about Z$25 billion to buy an orange. — RVJ (talk) 03:26, 16 December 2008 (UTC)

Copyighted materials[edit]

Materials were copied and pasted from into the article by User:Hoof38. I have reverted prior to that version. --tomf688 (talk - email) 01:08, 11 June 2006 (UTC)

Thanks, but you also erased stuff that wasn't copyvio. I'm putting that back in. --Mr. Billion 17:04, 23 July 2006 (UTC)

First trillionaire?[edit]

Given that inflation and economic growth keep making the wealth of the richest human higher in nominal dollars over time, when can we expect to see the first trillionaire? This guy says in the year 2038. However, the party might end sometime after the onset of peak oil, unless the economy shifts largely to information rather than energy, and economic growth becomes tied to Moore's Law. --Teratornis 16:31, 20 March 2007 (UTC)

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18th century billionaire?[edit]

The page on Heshen says that he was worth (in a contemporary estimate) 1.1 billion taels of silver at the time when he was killed. Would this make him the first known billionaire? Note that this is worth about $20 billion in today's currency. Qqwref (talk) 04:13, 24 January 2008 (UTC)


According to the current article definition, almost everyone in Zimbabwe (population 13 million) is a billionaire. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Mamarazzi (talkcontribs) 22:00, 1 October 2008 (UTC)


This isn't much of an article. For more information, write about the process people take to become a billionaire, traits or activities of billionaires, and analysis of what it means to be a billionaire emotionally, economically, socially and psychologically, from reputable sources. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:54, 8 September 2009 (UTC)

Why does trillionaire redirect here?[edit]

There is quite a big difference between being a billionaire and being a trillionaire.--CafeDelKevin (talk) 07:00, 23 January 2010 (UTC)

In countries that use the long scale number naming system, what is someone who has at least a milliard (a thousand million) units of currency is called?Turm (talk) 13:22, 17 February 2010 (UTC)

Weird Spanish words in opening paragraphs...[edit]

Umm... There's some random Spanish words in the third paragraph on the page, right at the end. "Caro es senda trolaza y le encanta el pedazo", to be exact. Normally, I'd just delete it, but I'm afraid that it might actually have some meaning in the article. Google Translate translates it as "trolaza is expensive path and loves the piece," which makes no sense, but maybe someone who actually speaks Spanish can translate it or condemn it as gibberish. Thanks! EDIT: This was deleted as I wrote this. Never mind. (talk) 01:51, 12 March 2010 (UTC)

it said a billion dollar was the gpd of mexico in 2010[edit]

the actual gdp for mexico in 2010 was a trillion US dollsrs so i think they were mistaken but could you guys please check — Preceding unsigned comment added by Guslb12 (talkcontribs) 06:48, 27 August 2012 (UTC)

It meant a long-scale billion, which is equivalent to a trillion. Michaelmas1957 09:12, 27 August 2012 (UTC)


Are Foundations relevant for Billionaires? It depends on how much they remember their parents, grandparents, school and college, and how much tax they want to pay. AesopMuse (talk) 16:12, 14 June 2016 (UTC)

Black billionaires[edit]

Black billionaires (edit | talk | history | protect | delete | links | watch | logs | views) has been proposed to be renamed to African billionaires (edit | talk | history | protect | delete | links | watch | logs | views), for the discussion, see talk:Black billionaires -- (talk) 06:13, 6 June 2014 (UTC)