We all know very well that The Jeff Bezos, the founder of the giant e-commerce website, of course, Amazon, has been the richest man in the world since last year, surpassing Bill Gates’ fortune by far. This time he broke another record: he is the richest person in recent history, with inflation-adjusted values.
Jeff Bezos Becomes The Richest Man In Modern History
Jeff Bezos, the founder of the giant e-commerce website, of course, Amazon, has been the richest man in the world since last year, surpassing Bill Gates’ fortune by far. This time he broke another record: he is the richest person in recent history, with inflation-adjusted values.
According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, Bezos’ fortune surpassed the $150 billion mark. Bill Gates, the co-founder of the tech giant Microsoft, is in second place with $95.3 billion. Soon after, we have the entrepreneur Warren Buffett and the social network giant Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg.
In January, Bezos ‘equity surpassed Bill Gates’ record high of $100 billion in 1999. However, this comparison fails to take account of one important detail: inflation over the past two decades. By this criterion – the real value – Gates was still ahead.
Until this week. According to Bloomberg, Gates’ fortune in 1999 would be worth about $149 billion today. However, Jeff Bezos really managed to surpass the tech giant Microsoft co-founder.
Much of Bezos’ wealth comes from Amazon shares, which have soared 150% since the beginning of the year – its market value is $890 billion. In addition, he owns The Washington Post and Blue Origin rocket company.
Jeff Bezos Richer Than Rockefeller?
Bezos only has one more record to break: the richest man in relation to the gross domestic product (GDP) of the United States.
John D. Rockefeller, the country’s first billionaire, held the equivalent of 2 percent of GDP at its height in the early twentieth century. To dismantle it, the founder of Amazon would need to reach $350 billion, according to CNBC.
Of course, maybe that’s not his goal. Bill Gates and his wife Melinda have donated $30 billion to charity through their NGO, the Gates Foundation. Warren Buffett has also been falling in the ranks of billionaires after contributing to charities. And Zuckerberg has promised to donate 99% of his Facebook shares gradually.
Among the ten richest people in the world, six are part of the technology sector. In addition to Bezos, Gates, and Zuckerberg, we have Larry Page, Sergey Brin (Google) and Larry Ellison (Oracle). The fortunes of this sector represent a fifth of the $5 trillion monitored by the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.
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