The 'richest man of all-time' briefly had Rs 7,54,60,73,29,67,88,32,000 in his account – here’s how
In the history of wealth and big fortune, many business people around the world have witnessed unfathomable ups and lows in their career.
These were anomalies of wealth accumulation and loss that baffled not only the public but also experts in the field. And yet, such things continue unabated to happen in almost every country - one day a man is rich and the next day he loses everything.
Chris Reynolds had become the most talked-about person in 2013 when he suddenly became a multi-quadrillionaire in a matter of minutes.
Yes, the 56-year-old American man had become the richest person of all time. However, his stay at the top lasted for only a few minutes.
One day in 2013, Reynolds opened his Paypal account and found that it had been credited with a whopping $92 quadrillion - $92,233,720,368,547,800, briefly making him the riches person ever.
Expectedly, it didn't take time for media outlets to start reporting about Reynolds' sudden change of fortune.
In a recent interview to CNN, the 56-year old recounted the moment in his life that seemed surreal. Reynolds told the outlet, "It’s a curious thing. I don’t know, maybe someone was having fun.”
The 56-year-old said that he the most amount of money he ever made through PayPal at the time was a 'little over $1000'. So, naturally $92,233,720,368,547,800 was more than just a shock.
The credit balance was the result of an error, which PayPal quickly realised and corrected. They even issued an apology to Reynolds for the 'inconvenience'.
Follwing the incident, the company said in a statement: “This is obviously an error and we appreciate that Mr. Reynolds understood this was the case.”
A later statement 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!”
The story of Reynolds and PayPal was first broken by Philadelphia Daily News.