Jeff Bezos’ wealth hits new high of $171bn in 2020


Jeff Bezos’ net worth is now close to $172 billion hitting a new peak after he despite the current economic climate due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To add on, Last year, Bezos, relinquished a quarter of his stake in Inc. as part of a divorce settlement last year.  She received 25 per cent of the couple’s Amazon stock, which is roughly a 4 per cent stake in the company.

He has set a new record for the worlds richest person according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

This year alone, he gained $56.7 billion. shares of the Seattle-based retailer surged 4.4 per cent to a record $2,878.70 Wednesday, boosting the founder’s world-leading fortune to $171.6 billion. That tops his previous high of $167.7 billion, set on Sept. 4, 2018.

Much of Jeff Bezos’ wealth is tied to Amazon. He owns roughly 57 million shares which represent about 12 per cent of the company. And its stock has soared 56 per cent year to date.
Amazon has benefited from a huge increase in online shopping during the coronavirus pandemic, as brick-and-mortar stores either closed or faced long lines as lockdowns overtook the US this year.

Bezos’ company, which has faced criticism for employee safety and pay, Amazon said it would spend about $500 million to give one-time bonuses to most front-line workers. as a “Thank You bonus”. The move comes after the company eliminated a $2 hourly wage bump and double overtime pay for frontline workers at the end of May.Other billionaires with biggest gains this year include Tesla Inc. Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk, who added $25.8 billion to his fortune since Jan. 1, and Zoom Video Communications Inc. founder Eric Yuan, whose wealth has almost quadrupled to $13.1 billion.

Mackenzie Bezos, who acquired a 4% stake in Amazon after the couple split, has a net worth of $56.9 billion and climbed to No. 12 in Bloomberg’s ranking. She has surpassed  Alice Walton and Julia Flesher Koch to become the world’s second-wealthiest woman after L’Oreal heiress Francoise Bettencourt Meyers.