n. A millionaire whose net worth is composed of, or was created by, stock options.
Stock options made employees and executives fabulously wealthy. Former Lucent executive Carly Fiorina's 1999 package of stock and options for her work as chief executive of Hewlett-Packard was worth $90 million.

The phrase "optionaire" entered the vernacular. A firm called "Option Wealth" set up shop, to advise would-be optionaires.
—Ellen Simon, “Adding options can be harmful,” The Star-Ledger (Newark, New Jersey), August 12, 2001
As the heroes and villains of the new money culture — dot-com optionaires, bucket-shop thugs, genius C.E.O.'s — have dominated the popular imagination, the best programs on TV in recent years have dwelled on such old-world subjects as doctors, lawyers and cops.
—Jason Gay, “Prime Time Wall Street: The Cocky Stockbroker Returns in Three New TV Series,” New York Observer, April 17, 2000
1999 (earliest)
Hewlett-Packard [CEO] Carly Fiorina is joining the optionaires club. The computer giant unveiled its new CEO compensation package that includes stocks and options worth as much as $ 90 million.
—Ron Insana, “Carly Fiorina, Ceo Of Hewlett-Packard, to Begin Receiving Stocks and Options from Her Company,” Business Center (CNBC), September 22, 1999
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