US man becomes instant quadrillionaire

5:23pm July 17, 2013
Instant quadrillionaire - Chris Reynolds.
Instant quadrillionaire - Chris Reynolds.

A US man was briefly the richest person in the world after a Paypal error saw a 17-figure sum deposited into his account.

Delaware resident Chris Reynolds received an email from the online money transfer company last Friday saying his account balance was $92,233,720,368,547,800, Philly.com reports.

The deposit would have seen him become an overnight quadrillionaire with a wealth far eclipsing the world’s richest man, Bill Gates, whose personal fortune is approximately $73.9 billion.

"At first I thought I owed quadrillions. It was quite a big surprise," Mr Reynolds told the newspaper.

Unfortunately for the 56-year-old father of three, his extravagant fortune was short lived with Paypal quickly correcting his balance to zero.

Mr Reynolds said if he were allowed to keep the money he would "pay the national debt down" and buy the Phillies baseball team, "If I could get a good price".

Despite losing the money the temporary windfall left Mr Reynolds feeling charitable, prompting him to donate $30 to a local political party.

Source: Philly.com
Author: Matthew Henry. Approving editor: Nick Pearson.

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