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Amazon's Jeff Bezos Surpasses $100 Billion Net Worth ( 65

Amid optimism for Amazon's Black Friday sales, Jeff Bezos' net worth jumped above $100 billion on Friday. The Amazon CEO's fortune reportedly surged $2.4 billion to $100.3 billion, after the retailer's shares grew more than 2 percent on Black Friday. Bloomberg reports: Online purchases for the day are up 18.4 percent over last year, according to data from Adobe Analytics, and investors are betting the company will take an outsized share of online spending over the gifting season. The $100 billion milestone makes Bezos, 53, the first billionaire to build a 12-figure net worth since 1999, when Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates hit the mark. Bezos's fortune rose $32.6 billion this year through Thursday, the largest increase of anyone on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, a daily ranking of the world's 500 richest people. Amazon have climbed 5 percent this week alone.
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Amazon's Jeff Bezos Surpasses $100 Billion Net Worth

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  • by Anonymous Coward

    We should listen to and take heed of his wise pronouncements.

  • three different Loot Box subscriptions. By the way he dresses, a Loot Wear subscription as well.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    With the destruction of Net Neutrality as the latest casualty of Trump's reign the future is looking very poorly for Amazon and every other liberal tech organization. Trump is set to bully everyone into submission, even if it means the destruction of silicon valley and the tech sector and he knows he has Amazon by the balls in more ways than one now. First is the cable co's putting all of Amazon's services in the slow lane. If Jeff complains the government can ask to block and the cable cos will do so, no

  • it's a good thing for a single person to command that much wealth. A democracy can't survive that kind of power imbalance. Something's got to give.
    • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

      by Anonymous Coward

      He's a self made and highly motivated person with great interest in advancing technology and getting us into space. It is valuable to the human race to have a few such individuals working to do stuff that governments are too bogged down in venality and bureaucracy to achieve. Technocrats do a pretty good job of improving the world.

    • by ShanghaiBill ( 739463 ) on Friday November 24, 2017 @10:07PM (#55618181)

      it's a good thing for a single person to command that much wealth.

      The total net worth of all Americans is about $90 trillion. $100 billion is less than 0.1% of that. John Rockefeller once owned 2% of all the wealth in America, so Bezos is 20-fold poorer.

      A democracy can't survive that kind of power imbalance.

      That would be a concern if all "the rich" were on the same side. They aren't. Jeff Bezos owns the Washington Post. The WaPo exposed Roy Moore's sexploits, and has championed other liberal causes. This cancels out the Koch Brothers.

      Something's got to give.

      "The rich" have had undue influence for at least the last 10,000 years (wealth accumulation mostly coincided with the invention of agriculture). Yet somehow we have muddled through.

  • Jeff is pretty sweet, right guys? I mean like a butterscotch tab, am I right?

  • He has $100,000,000,600 now after my massive Amazon purchase today. I expect some gratitude here!

  • It must be nice to get rich a other people's expense.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    bezos pockets the surplus value of labor he gets from temp agencies - think about it - in the past people could sell their labor on the open market and make a living - now the rich are getting richer because they've set up a system where workers can't do that - they have to go through temp agencies, contractors, and so on - so their pay is capped - essentially bezos and the rest are pocketing the surplus value that workers are creating rather than paying them

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