Allen Stanford was convicted of a $7 billion fraud Tuesday in federal court.
These steps have lured some $170 billion in foreign direct investment in 2012 alone (roughly 12 percent of global flows).
Rising billion: These are the poorest people on Earth, the so-called bottom billion.
Sales in 2012 were $443 billion, and operating income was $15.766 billion, a margin of about 3.5 percent.
And so this week, the U.S. government sold $20 billion of 28-day bills with an interest rate of zero.
My budget will commit an additional $400 billion over the next decade to reform and strengthen Medicare.
A billion dollars and immunity to cut off the outer dome of force.
In 1913 there was a billion invested in Mexico and an equal amount in Canada.
“About a billion dollars, I guess,” he answered, after mature consideration.
Germany has nine schools where it is taught, and there are four and a half billion acres under government care.
1680s, from French billion (originally byllion in Chuquet's unpublished "Le Triparty en la Science des Nombres," 1484; copied by De la Roche, 1520), from bi- "two" (see bi-) + (m)illion. A million million in Britain and Germany (numeration by groups of sixes), which was the original sense; subsequently altered in French to "a thousand million" (numeration by groups of threes) and picked up in that form in U.S., "due in part to French influence after the Revolutionary War" [David E. Smith, "History of Mathematics," 1925]. France then reverted to the original meaning in 1948. British usage is truer to the etymology, but U.S. sense is said to be increasingly common there in technical writing.