Unfortunately for the 56 year old Pennsylvania man, he was not the richest man in the entire world, but a victim of a PayPal error. After absorbing the initial surprise of being wealthier than you know… the United States Treasury, Reynolds logged back on to the online wire-transfer site and noticed the mistake had been fixed. His balance went back to zero. Sigh. At least he can say that for a few minutes, he had more money in his account than Bill Gates times a thousand.
Reynolds said he’s been a PayPal customer for about 10 years and uses it to buy and sell items on eBay, including vintage car parts.
When asked what he would do with the gargantuan amount of money, Reynolds responded, “I’m a very responsible guy,” he said. “I would pay the national debt down first. Then I would buy the Phillies, if I could get a great price.”