With a guillotine against Jeff Bezos

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is the most successful entrepreneur of all time if you use the market value of his holdings as a benchmark. This emerges from the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, which documents the net assets of the 500 richest people on a daily basis, taking stock market developments into account. As of August 27, Bezos’ net worth had reached the barely comprehensible $ 200 billion.

The news has not left the public without a trace: A group of data freaks who call themselves Research Maniacs made the following simple calculation: If you save $ 100,000 a year, it takes two million years to reach the entrepreneur’s wealth. If you put back $ 10,000 every day instead, you only need 54,795 years to get there.

Left-wing politician Robert Reich, Secretary of Labor under Democratic President Bill Clinton, said wealth growth shows that capitalism is out of joint. He urged Bezos to do more for his workers. In the pandemic in particular, rich and poor would be in the same boat. Despite the enormous fortune, Bezos apparently does not see himself in a position to grant sick pay, complained Reich.

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The news provoked protests in front of Bezos’ house in Washington’s upscale Kalorama district. Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, for example, live there and the Obamas. Bezos had a former textile museum converted into a huge house there for his private purposes. Work on the $ 40 million project was completed in late summer.


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