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When Chris Reynolds opened his PayPal email statement of June 2013, he realized something wasn’t right. The Pennsylvania PR executive’s balance blew up to an incomprehensible $92,233,720,368,547,800. For everyone out there struggling to read this number, its 92 QUADRILLION dollars and then some change.
This new account balance would make Reynolds the richest man in the history of money. In fact, it would make him about a million times richer than the telecom mogul, Carlos Slim, who is the richest man in the world. To put things into perspective, Carlos Slim is worth 67 billion dollars. Actually, Reynolds’ wealth was a thousand times greater than the entire world’s GDP! Not too shabby for a man who made his most money on PayPal selling vintage BMW tires.
Reality did kick in later and his account balance was restored at $0, the correct amount. PayPal did admit the error and offered to make an unspecified donation to any charity of Mr. Reynolds’ choosing.
His reign as the world’s first quadrillionaire didn’t last long but how many people can say they’ve hit 19 digits in their account balance. Reynolds did however show the philanthropic side of a true quadrillionaire, confessing that he would’ve used the money to pay off the country’s national debt.
P.S : For those of you wondering about the amount, it’s the maximum value for a 64-bit signed integer. Well, the exact value is 9,223,372,036,854,775,807 but the number was apparently rounded up.
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