It’s actually very difficult to fathom exactly how rich Jeff Bezos is.
Perhaps the best attempt to illustrate his wealth, compared to laypeople like us, came via TikTok star Humphrey Yang.
I know, TikTok doesn’t come across as a breeding ground for clear, concise thinking, but Yang used grains of rice to map out just how stinking rich Bezos is.
If Yang checked back in around six years time, he would need a great deal more rice, because Bezos is well on his way to becoming the world’s first trillionaire.
His current net worth sits at a shade over $140 billion, but it’s set to explode in the coming years, according to a study by Comparisun.
Let’s check in with that study for a moment, starting with which companies are going to join the trillion-dollar club:
That’s Apple and Microsoft worth $1 trillion already, and some others to follow suit soon.
When it comes to individual wealth, Bezos is going to get there first, but he won’t be alone.
Obviously this is something of a guessing game, and you can read up about the methodology of the study here.
With so many people around the world struggling financially during the pandemic, the news that Bezos could become a trillionaire has led to justifiable backlash.
VICE has picked out some of those reactions:
jeff bezos set to become the first trillionaire meanwhile 33 million americans just filed for unemployment forcing 27 million people off their health insurance pic.twitter.com/th273ANWWU
— alexis isabel (@lexi4prez) May 13, 2020
Global economic collapse is going to make Jeff Bezos a trillionaire. Amazon workers still can’t take bathroom breaks though.
— Kimberly Nicole Foster (@KimberlyNFoster) May 13, 2020
Jeff Bezos is expected to become the 1st trillionaire as he consolidates the retail market during coronavirus.
Now Amazon is telling its workers (who have faced significant risk) that it’ll be ending their hazard pay at the end of MAY!
— Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (@RepBonnie) May 13, 2020
That last one is a real kick in the teeth.
What do you even do with a net worth of a trillion dollars? What is the point?
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