In this day and age tech companies — if successful — can be worth a fortune. But then there’s tech companies, and then there’s THE tech companies. And this is where it becomes not-so-hard to understand why American tech entrepreneur Jeff Bezos sits firmly on the world’s list of billionaires.
Bezos is worth a colossal $47 billion. Not much you can’t do with that kind of money.
He is the CEO and co-founder of tech company Amazon, a company that pretty much delivers everything in fine form right to where you need it. The online merchant after a solid start supplying products to peoples’ doorsteps, ventured into the realm of digital book, notably with the success of its Kindle — a product that is as much a symbol of modern life as the microwave was in 60s and 70s.
Amazon is now the largest online retailer in the world, and certainly a role model for any company looking into the sector, and seems to have a firm grip on his position in the Forbes top-10 billionaires.
But Bezos, before he became the Amazon hotshot that he is today, was the founder and owner of a privately-funded Blue Origin, an aerospace developer and manufacturer founded at the turn of the millennium — as a result of Bezos’ fascination with space travel. He is said to have been focusing on bringing to light ‘space hotels, and colonies fit for 2 - 3 million earthlings orbiting the Earth’. Yep, nuts.
In 2015 Bezos went on to purchase — in typical mega-wealth style — the Washington Post newspaper, as one of his many investments. They just love the press these billionaires.
The billionaire’s background and study area is physics, which he took a degree in at heavyweight Princeton University. But Bezos soon turned back to his passion for computers and ended up with a BS in electrical engineering and computer science. And no, the BS clearly doesn’t stand for Bull Shit.
But for all his giving to the people attitude, in making space travel accessible for the simpleton Earthlings — the work culture at his Amazon dot com has been widely criticised for its treatment of staff with its intensive warehouses that were in the press likened to people farms. Or something along those lines at least. Oh well, if you want next day delivery — it’s the part you’ll have to play. We wonder how many critical reports there were in the Washington Post about this. Ahem.
But lets not forget the good stuff that Bezos does, such as the number pastime for all billionaires: philanthropy, which is to say the ‘desire to promote the welfare of others, expressed especially by the generous donation of money to good causes’. At a guess, it’s better than paying heavier taxes. Oh come on, don’t be cynical!
Although Amazon’s share price fell a bit in 2016, it’s fair to say that it most likely is going nowhere anytime soon. The company are looking at ‘drone delivery’ (not quite space travel Bezos, but it’s a start I guess). And lets not forget the money that Amazon threw at the old Top Gear Trio to take the popular show from BBC to the Bezos empire.
And you thought Jeremy Clarkson was rich. Nah, he’s only worth $50 million, that’s nothing compared to Amazon’s head honcho.