Billionaire's New Found Wealth Brings Grief

Originally published on August 18, 2011 10:30 am
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RENEE MONTAGNE, Host:

Our last word in business today is billion-dollar blunder.

DAVID GREENE, Host:

The accidental billionaire who, get this, just happens to work for the owners of "Ripley's Believe It or Not" museums, was not exactly pleased with his new-found wealth. That's because the enormous sum raised the alarms at the SunTrust Bank, which blamed the billion-dollar balance on an internal computer error and then it promptly froze his assets.

MONTAGNE: And that's the business news from MORNING EDITION, on NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

GREENE: And I'm David Greene. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.