Jeff Bezos' Path to Becoming a Billionaire and Shaping the Modern World

Globally, Jeff Bezos is the third-richest person, with a net worth of $139 billion as of May 2023.

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Bezos founded and served as the former CEO of Amazon, which accounted for 6.5% of all U.S. retail sales and 44.9% of digital retail spending in 2022.

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In May 2023, Bezos got engaged to Emmy-winning journalist, Lauren Sanchez, after divorcing his wife of 25 years, Mackenzie Scott.

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Mackenzie Scott received a 4% stake in Amazon, worth $36 billion at the time of their divorce.

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Bezos and his ex-wife reportedly did not have a prenuptial agreement, but he is expected to have one with Lauren Sanchez.

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Bezos was raised by a teen mom and Cuban immigrant stepfather and once told his schoolteachers, "the future of mankind is not on this planet."

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Bezos turned down offers from Intel and Bell Labs to start Amazon in 1994.

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Amazon.com, initially a platform for selling books, grew from a garage startup to selling books in every U.S. state and 45 countries.

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Bezos estimated $74 million in sales by 2000, but Amazon's sales reached $1.64 billion in 1999 alone.

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Bezos has invested in various companies, including Twitter, Uber, Airbnb, and Business Insider, and owns The Washington Post and Blue Origin.

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