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When Chris Reynolds opened his June PayPal e-mail statement, something was off.
The Pennsylvania PR executive’s account balance had swelled to a whopping $92,233,720,368,547,800.
That’s $92 QUADRILLION (and change).
Money that would make Reynolds — who also sells auto parts on eBay in his spare time — the richest man in the world by a long shot.
Rich, as in more than a million times richer than Mexican telecom mogul Carlos Slim. And he’s worth $67 billion.
Oh, if only.
“It’s a curious thing. I don’t know, maybe someone was having fun,” Reynolds said.
So he logged online, and reality bit back. His account balance read $0. The correct amount.
PayPal admitted the error and offered to donate an unspecified amount of money to a cause of Reynolds’ choice.
“This is obviously an error and we appreciate that Mr. Reynolds understood this was the case,” PayPal said in a statement.
Before this incident, the most Reynolds ever made on PayPal was “a little over $1,000” selling a set of vintage BMW tires on eBay.
So what would the would-be quadrillionaire have done with all that cash?
“I probably would have paid down the national debt,” he said.
Great answer. I’d say $94 quad and some change would make some kind of dent in the US national debt. 😉 Actually, to be fair, the current National Debt Clock says the Outstanding Public Debt as of July 18, 2013 at 4:12 AM GMT is $16,741,104,624,437. So, after paying off the national debt he’d still have $94 quadrillion, with $16.7 trillion less pocket change. PayPal could buy America with this mistake!