7 mind-blowing facts about Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ $100 billion fortune

Bezos makes more money in one minute than the average millennial makes in a year.

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Bezos makes more money in one minute than the average millennial makes in a year.
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It’s hard to overstate the immensity of a $100 billion fortune.

On Friday, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, who is already the richest person in the world, achieved a 12-figure net worth.

In addition to founding the online retail behemoth, Bezos owns The Washington Post and an aerospace company, Blue Origin.

Below, check out seven mind-blowing facts about Bezos and his billions.


Bezos makes more money in one minute than the average millennial makes in a year.

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In the last year alone, Bezos made $19.3 billion.

That equals out to about $52 million per day, over $2 million per hour, and $36,000 a minute, or close to the average millennial salary.


Bezos has more than four times as much money as his alma mater, Princeton University.

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Bezos graduated from Princeton University in 1986 with a degrees in electrical engineering and computer science. As of March 2017, Princeton’s endowment was $22.8 billion, less than one-forth the amount of Bezos current net worth.

Although, he has returned some of his good fortune to the Ivy League. In 2011, Bezos and his wife, also a Princeton grad, donated $15 million to the university to establish a center in the Princeton Neuroscience Institute.


He’s one of the top 25 largest landowners in America.

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According to the Land Report, Bezos was 25th largest landowner in the US. His largest property by size is the 30,000-acre ranch in Van Horn, Texas, that serves as the base for Blue Origin, Bezos’ private space company.


Bezos’ Seattle-area mansion was worth less than 1% of his fortune when he bought it in 1998.

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In 1998, Bezos purchased a 5.5-acre waterfront estate in Medina, Washington, a suburb of Seattle, for $10 million. His net worth at the time – one year after Amazon went public – was $1.6 billion, landing him on Forbes’ annual list of the richest people in the world for the first time. The mansion was worth just 0.625% of his total fortune.

Since then, Bezos and his wife have acquired several properties surrounding their estate, creating a compound spanning more than 10 acres. Current estimates value the home at $70 million.


He’s building the biggest home in Washington, DC (aside from The White House).

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Back in January, Bezos reportedly dropped $23 million on a pair of mansions – formerly a textile museum – in DC’s exclusive Kalorama neighborhood with plans to turn them into the largest single-family residence in DC with 27,000 square feet of living space.

The Obamas and Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner are neighbors.


Warren Buffett was worth $30 billion when Bezos became a billionaire — now the Amazon founder is richer.

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Bezos became a billionaire in 1998, when Amazon went public. At the time, Buffett was the second richest person in the US, with a net worth of nearly $30 billion.

Nearly 20 years later, Bezos is about $20 billion richer than Buffett.


He may be ‘the first 12-digit man,’ but his net worth could go even higher.

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According to Oxfam, an international network of organizations working to alleviate poverty, Bezos could become the world’s first trillionaire in the next 25 years.