- Jeff Bezos became the richest person in the world in 2017
- Despite giving half of his Amazon stocks to his ex-wife he is still the richest person alive
- Bezos ranks 9th on the richest people of all time list
Jeff Bezos was born on January 12, 1964, he was raised in both Houston and Miami and later graduated from Princeton University in 1986, bagging a degree in electrical engineering and computer science.
Below are seven key things to know about the world’s richest man:
1. Has he always been self-employed?
Before founding Amazon in late 1994, Jeff worked in different companies from 1986 to 1994 after he graduated from university. Some of the places he was an employee were Fitel, Bank Trust, and D E Shaw & Co.
2. How Amazon started
Jeff started Amazon solely as an online bookstore before the company grew into a great platform for many e-commerce products and services. He started the company right from his garage after he left D E Shaw & Co.
His parents’ $300,000 investment into the company at the early stage was also very instrumental to its growth.
3. Jeff has a space company
The world’s richest man created Blue Origin, a spaceflight company in 2000, an establishment that showed his great interest in space travel.
4. Do you think Amazon is the only company he owns?
Bezos bought Washington Post, one of the world’s most respected newspapers, for a whopping sum of $250 million. His ownership of the paper changed its digital structure.
5. He had a divorce
Jeff’s wealth took a hit by his divorce from MacKenzie Bezos as she got 25% of his Amazon shares valued at nearly $36 billion.
6. Jeff wealth made a big record-bump in a day
Few have ever had a day like Jeff whose fortune increased by $13 billion on Monday, July 20 shooting his net worth to $189 billion. His ex-wife’s wealth also grew.
7. Giving to charity
In 2018, he made a big donation of $33 million to TheDream US, a college scholarship fund for immigrants brought to America when they were small. He also gave $10 million to With Honor, an organisation that encourages veterans in politics.
Earlier Briefly.co.za reported that The world’s richest man, Jeff Bezos, has added a whopping $13 billion to his fortune on Monday, 20 July, the largest wealth growth for an individual since Bloomberg Billionaires Index was created in 2012.
On the same day, Amazon’s shares jumped to 7.9%, the most it has been since December 2018, Bloomberg reports.
It should be noted that Bezos, the founder of Amazon, has had his fortune greatly increase from $74 billion in 2020 to $189.3 billion, despite the US economy being hit hard due to the coronavirus pandemic.
His ex-wife, Mackenzie Bezos, also gained a very good sum of $4.6 billion on Monday, July 20, and is now considered the 13tth-richest person in the world.
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