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PayPal error creates history’s first quadrillionaire

Pennsylvania native characterises $92,233,720,368,547,800 windfall as ‘quite a big surprise’

PayPal erroneously credited over $92 quadrillion to a user account.
PayPal erroneously credited over $92 quadrillion to a user account.

Internet payment agent PayPal yesterday admitted an error had led to a $92-quadrillion credit to the account of a Pennsylvania, US resident, online media reported.

Chris Reynolds - who briefly became the world's richest man (ever, probably) - discovered the $92,233,720,368,547,800 windfall after checking his monthly statement, but the error was quickly rectified and his account had been debited to zero by the time he had logged in to verify the amount.

"This was obviously an error and we appreciate that Mr Reynolds understands this was the case," PayPal told the BBC.

PayPal pledged to make a donation to Reynolds' favourite charity as compensation for the incident.

In what was arguably a gross understatement, Reynolds told the Philadelphia Daily News, which broke the story, that reading the account statement had been "quite a big surprise".