Jeff Bezos is known for his extreme (and highly controversial) wealth. And although he's come under fire for his lack of charitableness, it seems his ex-wife has quite a different perspective...
Jeff Bezos is the wealthiest man in the world.
via: GettyThe title all of us dream of one day acquiring.
For years now, Bezos has been topping the official list of our world's billionaires...
via: GettyThe only man close to matching Bezos' eye-watering net worth of $186 billion is Microsoft co-founder, Bill Gates, who is worth around $102 billion.
But where does Bezos' wealth come from?
Bezos is the founder and CEO of the online retail giant, Amazon.
via: GettyBorn in 1964 in New Mexico, Bezos always held a huge passion for computers, and went on to study computer science and electrical engineering at Princeton University.
After graduating, Bezos spent some time working on Wall Street...But, 4 years later in 1995, he quit to open his own online bookstore from his garage - Amazon.com.
The birth of Amazon changed everything for Bezos.
via: GettyThe initial success of the online store was staggering. Within the first thirty days, Amazon.com had sold books all across the United States, and across forty-five foreign countries.
And the online retailer only went from strength to strength.
via: GettyIn mere years following from its launch, Amazon.com began stocking a wider variety of products, such as electronics, clothing, and toys, making it the number one online retailer.
It's yearly earnings kept multiplying...
via: GettyAnd, as of May 2020, the company alone has been reported to be worth $1000B.
Bezos's accomplishment with Amazon is staggering...
Bezos has still embarked on many ambitious quests in his career.
via: GettyIn May last year, he proudly unveiled Amazon's "Blue Moon", his very own lunar lander project.
But, despite all of his success...
via: GettyBezos has faced a significant amount of controversy regarding his work ethics and spending habits.
It has been revealed that Bezos provides a shockingly low standard of working conditions for his employees.Over the last couple of years, more and more stories of Amazon workers being forced to work unethical hours for ridiculously low wages - as little as $10 an hour, in some instances - have been emerging.
Oh, and Amazon paid $0 in federal taxes in 2018.Despite the retailer being one of the most valuable companies in the world, and pulling in $232.9 billion in global revenue in 2018, they paid absolutely nothing in federal tax that year. Doesn't look great for the wealthiest man in the world, does it?
But, regardless of all the controversy surrounding the business tycoon...
Because these last few months, in particular, have been very beneficial for Bezos.
via: GettyWhile the majority of the world has been in lockdown, Amazon's sales have been skyrocketing.
Demand for online shopping is at an all-time high...
via: GettyAnd, as a result, the CEO, who owns an 11% stake in the company, has grown his vast fortune by a further $24bn so far during the pandemic, a roughly twenty percent increase over the last 4 months to $138b.
So, as a result, Bezos is estimated to become the world's first trillionaire by 2026.
via: GettyComparisun, a business software comparison site, used data collected from the last 5 years of the Forbes Rich List to calculate the yearly wealth growth rate of the world's richest billionaires.
Applying this annual growth rate over the coming years...
via: GettyThe study concluded that Bezos could certainly become the world's first trillionaire in 2026, at which point he will be sixty-two-years-old. The research also predicted that Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, could follow Bezos by becoming the world's second trillionaire ten years later in 2036.
It's looking very likely that this unbelievable accomplishment will be happening for Bezos...
Bezos married his now ex-wife MacKenzie way back when in 1994.
via: GettyBut after 25 years of marriage, the two went their separate ways, finalizing their divorce in 2019.
Which came at a big cost to Bezos.
But it seems Scott is determined to pay it forward.
via: GettyAs it's just been announced that Scott is donating $2 billion of her newfound wealth to various charities.
"Like many, I watched the first half of 2020 with a mixture of heartbreak and horror."
via: Twitter"Many will choose to share some of what they have with people whose equal participation is essential to the construction of a better world."
Want to know where those dollars are going?
via: TwitterHere's the breakdown: -$586.7 million to racial equity -$46 million to LGBTQ+ equity -$133 million to gender equity -$399.5 million to economic mobility -$55 million to empathy and bridging divides -$72 million to functional democracy -$128.3 million to public health -$130 million to global development -$125 million to climate change
"On this list, 91% of the racial equity organizations are run by leaders of color, 100% of the LGBTQ+ equity organizations are run by LGBTQ+ leaders, and 83% of the gender equity organizations are run by women," she claimed.
via: TwitterYou can't fault her for her generosity! Want more wealth-related news? Scroll on for the Forbes-Kanye West controversy...