Jeff Bezos: the billionaire from the future
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos becomes the richest man in the world for 1 day
Can you recall the richest man alive? The majority of us would likely to say that it’s the one and only Bill Gates, with an overall net worth of $89.8 billion and a bunch of books about his success story. And you would be right on any day except for July 27, when Jeff Bezos unexpectedly took the first place and became the wealthiest man alive, though for 1 day only.
According to Forbes and Bloomberg, his current net worth is around $89 billion and surpassed $90 billion level last Thursday, making him the richest man in the world. However, on Friday morning Bezos’s net worth was back to $89 billion.
So, what is the story behind the second richest man in the world?
Born in 1964 (age 53) Jeff Bezos is mostly known for being a founder and Chief Executive Officer of Amazon.com - the most popular internet sales company and cloud service, though his work in no way is limited to it. At the moment, 17% or $79 of Amazon’s shares belong to Jeff Bezos, which makes it around $79 million.
From an early age, Bezos showed a passion for science and mechanics. It quickly became clear that he had a real talent and was ready to work on it. Being a High School student, Jeff Bezos took a deep interest in the Student Science Training Program at the University of Florida and was rewarded with a Silver Knight Award in 1982.
After graduating Princeton in 1986 with Bachelor of Science, Bezos started to work on Wall Street. In 1994 Amazon was founded in Seattle, initially set up in Bezos’ garage. "I took the less safe path to follow my passion and I'm proud of that choice," he said. Since then there was no way back for Jeff Bezos but going for the place of the wealthiest man on Earth.
Amazon vs. Microsoft?
Although Jeff Bezos is still holding the second place, it’s very likely that Bill Gate’s longheld title is in danger, considering the constant growth of Amazon’s shares and Bezos’s philosophy. “What we need to do is always lean into the future; when the world changes around you and when it changes against you - what used to be a tail wind is now a head wind - you have to lean into that and figure out what to do because complaining isn’t a strategy” - he said.
The unprecedented success of Jeff Bezos and Amazon tells us about the new age in business, bringing in a talented self-made billionaire, who like Steve Jobs, does not believe in classic philanthropy but appreciate a combination of intellectual power and hard work. All of it put together with Jeff Bezos’s business ideas can make Amazon into the first trillion-dollar company, which we have never seen before.