Richest Man Of All-Time Gained And Lost His Entire Wealth In Two Minutes


Have you ever considered your plans if you were a millionaire? Suppose you were a billionaire. One man avoided all of that and in a matter of minutes found himself a multi-quadrillionaire.

The American man briefly held the title of richest person in history before he lost everything.

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A astounding $92 quadrillion, or $92,233,720,368,547,800, was credited to 56-year-old Chris Reynolds’ Paypal account one day in July 2013, making him for a brief while the world’s richest person and the only quadrillionaire to ever walk the planet.

When news of the incident spread, a number of media sources were quick to note that the Delaware County guy was a million times wealthier than telecom mogul Carlos Slim, whose enormous $67 billion net worth was at the time.

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Recounting the moment, Reynolds told CNN: “It’s a curious thing,”

“I don’t know, maybe someone was having fun.”

Reynolds remembered that the most he’d ever made through PayPal was “a little over $1,000” from selling some vintage BMW tyres on eBay, so it must have been quite a shock to the system.

Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end, and PayPal swiftly acknowledged their mistake, fixed the problem, and apologised to Reynolds for the “inconvenience” they had caused.

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Paypal released a statement saying: “This is obviously an error and we appreciate that Mr. Reynolds understood this was the case.”

The online payment service offered to donate a sum of money to a charity of Reynold’s choice as payment for the mishap.

A later statement then said: “We think it’s inspiring that he decided to use this occurrence to donate to a cause he believes in.

“And we hope to honor this spirit by donating to a cause of his choice – we’ve reached out to him to make this offer and to let him know we are grateful that he’s a customer!”

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Reynolds told a reporter at Philadelphia Daily News in an interview that seeing those numbers on his account made him feel “like a million bucks,” which is how the wild story was first reported.

“It was quite a big surprise.” said Reynolds, admitting he originally thought it meant he owed the money and not that it was in his possession at the time.

When asked what he would have done with the money if he could have kept it, Reynolds responded that he would “pay the national debt down” and added that, if he could find a good deal, he would purchase “the Phillies” (the baseball team, in case you were wondering).