Last Wednesday (26), Amazon founder Jeff Bezos became the first person in the world to achieve $ 200 billion in wealth. The information was provided by the magazine specializing in financial affairs Forbes .
The executive’s estimated fortune would have reached $ 204.6 billion that day, after increasing another $ 4.9 billion with a 2% increase in the shares of his retail giant. Until then, no one had reached this mark globally according to the measurements of the period, since the early 1980s.
When considering inflation adjustments, the one who came closest was Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, with a net worth of more than $ 100 billion in 1999 – which would be around $ 158 billion today.
With an 11% stake in Amazon today, all the money belonging to Bezos would equal 1% of the United States’ Gross Domestic Product (GDP). It is worth remembering that he still has other investments, such as the ownership of the newspaper The Washington Post and the space exploration company Blue Origin.
According to Comparisun, if Bezos’ fortune continues to grow at the current rate, he could become the world’s first trillionaire in 6 years, at the age of 62. With his current fortune valued at approximately $ 138 billion, in the past five years the entrepreneur has increased his fortune at an annual rate of 34%. In that year alone, for example, the founder of Amazon saw his fortune rise another $ 28.3 billion.
It is also worth noting that last year Bezos still lost $ 38 billion in shares of his company in the divorce agreement he made with ex-wife MacKenzie Bezos.