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As Tycoon [ Tycoon ], more rarely, Tycoon , are industrialists or magnate called. A tycoon dominates and controls large parts of special industries, where most of his wealth comes from. A typical example of a tycoon from a certain industry is a "building lion". The term oligarch has become established for Russia .

In the list of billionaires of the Forbes magazine , there are many tycoons.


The word Taikun (English tycoon ) is Japanese ( Japanese 大君 ). Translated directly, this means something like Great Lord and was previously used during the Edo period to point out to foreigners visiting Japan that the Shogun was the highest ruler of the country. It was officially used in a treaty for the first time in the American-Japanese friendship and trade treaty negotiated on July 29, 1858 . The word was incorporated into the English language in the United States from circa 1870 and was used by staff including President Abraham Lincoln . The term is still common in business today.


Web links

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Individual evidence

  1. cf. z. B. Bill Bryson : Made in America: an Informal History of the English Language in the United States , Black Swan, 1998, ISBN 0-552-99805-2 , p. 104