Jeff Bezos Becomes World’s First Person Worth $200bn

Amazon founder and CEO, Jeff Bezos has become the world’s first person to have a net worth of $200 billion.

Forbes reported that Bezos was worth $204.6 billion on Wednesday, August 26, when Amazon stock gained 2%. The 56-year-old who is already the richest person in the world, saw his net worth increase to $204.6 billion from $74 billion during the span of 2020.

According to Forbes‘ calculations, Amazon founder’s fortune is the largest ever amassed even when taking inflation into account.

For comparison, Bezos is personally worth more than Nike, McDonald’s and Pepsi, which are all valued between $139bn and $191bn.

Bezos already held a substantial lead on the next closest richest man, Bill Gates, who entered Wednesday with a net worth of $123bn, according to Bloomberg.

Rounding up the top three is LVMH chair Bernard Arnault, who is now worth $115 billion. Then there’s Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, who’s worth an astonishing $109.1 billion.

Bezos would have hit the $200bn mark sooner had he not divorced his wife last year. His ex-wife, MacKenzie Bezos, is worth more than $64bn after getting 20 million settlement Amazon shares during their divorce. This made her become the world’s second richest woman and the 14th richest person.

Amazon is worth $1.72trn, making it the second most valuable company behind Apple, which has a market cap of $2.16trn.