Simple question: How many is a Billion?

Awkward Answer: It’s not always what you think it is.

First, if you are American, then a billion is one-thousand-million:
1,000,000,000
This is known as a short-scale billion.

However, many British people regard a billion as one-million-million:
1,000,000,000,000
Which is known as a long-scale billion.

This is despite the fact that “officially” in the UK since 1974…