A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from May 06, 2016
“Work until your bank account looks like a phone number”

"Work until your bank account looks like a phone number” is a jocular saying that has been printed on many images. A 10-digit telephone number (one that includes the area code) translated into a ten-digit bank account would mean that someone is a billionaire.

“RT @Iamswaggs I won’t stop till my bank account looks like a phone number<<< Why stop there??" was posted on Twitter by Paul Lehman⁴ on October 28, 2009. The exact saying “Work until your bank account looks like a phone number” was first cited on Twitter on September 19, 2014.

It’s often said that the quote comes from the 2013 film The Wolf of Wall Street (where actor Leonardo DiCaprio played Jordan Belfort), but no such quote was in the film or the 2007 book on which it was based. “‘Work until your bank account looks like a phone number’~ The Wolf of Wall Street” was posted on Twitter by Lord Etherington on May 3, 2015.

“My dad always said, ‘Work until your bank account looks like a phone number’ so I did. Account balance: $9.11” is a joke on the saying.


Twitter
Paul Lehman⁴
@Burden_of_Beast
RT @Iamswaggs I won’t stop till my bank account looks like a phone number<<< Why stop there??
2:55 AM - 28 Oct 2009

Twitter
Crime Luciano
@purpgangshawty
want rest tell my bank account looks like a phone number in hong kong
10:26 AM - 16 Dec 2010

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Freddy P
@RealFredJohnson
Waiting til the day my bank account looks like a phone number.
10:24 PM - 2 Mar 2011

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Anuj Bhatia
@BBBThoughts
Grind ‘til my bank account looks like a phone number.
7:55 PM - 19 May 2014 from Oakville, Ontario

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Almighty
@Ysl_kari
I won’t feel successful until my bank account looks like a phone number
3:52 AM - 30 May 2014

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Machine Gun Kenny
‏@Bizz0311
Work until your bank account looks like a phone number 💯 #Grind
10:56 PM - 19 Sep 2014

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MelzO
‏@Ozlemmm1905
Work until your bank account looks like your phone number.
10:59 PM - 19 Sep 2014

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Ryan ✝Hershey
‏@Goprorunner
“Work until your bank account looks like a phone number”
10:59 PM - 19 Sep 2014

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Ade Danial
@TheAdeDanial
“work until your bank account looks like a phone number” amboiii tamak
12:39 AM - 20 Sep 2014

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Lord Etherington
@feedmesk1ttles
“Work until your bank account looks like a phone number”
~ The Wolf of Wall Street
3:38 PM - 3 May 2015

Reddit
Work until your bank account looks like a phone number. (i.imgur.com)
submitted June 12, 2015 by kornykory

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Paul Williams
@Paul_O_Williams
Work until your bank account looks like a phone number. – Leonardo DiCaprio
10:00 PM - 10 Apr 2016

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityWork/Businesses • Friday, May 06, 2016 • Permalink