Jeff Bezos, Chairman And Founder, Amazon - World Second Richest Man

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Jeff Bezos

Chairman And Founder, Amazon

Net worth $197.8B

Jeff Bezos, the visionary behind Amazon, the world's largest online retailer, founded the company in 1994 from his Seattle garage.

Bezos transitioned from CEO to executive chairman in 2021, holding just under a 10% ownership stake in the company.

Following his divorce from his wife MacKenzie in 2019 after 25 years of marriage, Bezos transferred a quarter of his then-16% Amazon stake to her.

Bezos contributed over $1.1 million worth of stock to nonprofits in 2023, although the specific organizations that received these shares are undisclosed.

In addition to Amazon, Bezos owns The Washington Post and Blue Origin, an aerospace company pioneering rocket development; he embarked on a brief journey to space aboard one of its rockets in July 2021.

Bezos expressed in a November 2022 interview with CNN his intention to donate the majority of his wealth during his lifetime, without providing precise details.

In 1998, Bezos crossed paths with Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin and emerged as one of the company's early angel investors, injecting an estimated $250,000 into the venture.

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