magnate

If you’re a hugely successful businessperson, particularly if you’ve cornered the market in a specific area, you’re a magnate. Magnates are often larger-than-life characters, like that oil tycoon who wears a cowboy hat with his tuxedo.

Historically, a magnate was a man of noble birth (from the Latin magnus, meaning "a nobleman," or at least someone distinguished by his achievements. In the twentieth century, the stock of a magnate has rather fallen. If you’re vulgar and loud-spoken as well as rich, you’re probably a magnate. Thanks to the legendary movie producer Samuel Goldwyn, all film studio heads are now "studio magnates."

Definitions of magnate
  1. noun
    a very wealthy or powerful businessperson
    synonyms: baron, big businessman, business leader, king, mogul, power, top executive, tycoon
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    types:
    oil tycoon
    a powerful person in the oil business
    type of:
    businessman, man of affairs
    a person engaged in commercial or industrial business (especially an owner or executive)
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