Just How Rich is Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, the Richest Man in Modern History?

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Just How Rich is Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, the Richest Man in Modern History?

Illustration: Akshita Monga

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ongratulations to Jeff Bezos on becoming the Mukesh Ambani of the world. He is now the richest man the modern world has ever known. To get to the top, you have to make a few enemies – in Jeff Bezos’s case, they are called employees. One man’s progress is built upon another one’s misery. Because at Amazon, employee loo breaks are monitored and gruelling work conditions ensure panic attacks are more common than potholes on Mumbai roads.

Of course, all this information becomes white noise now that Bezos has been anointed king. In the time you spent adding a pair of sneakers to your Amazon cart, Jeff Bezos got richer by $2,30,000. That is the rough estimate of how much money he makes every minute. Bezos is minting money faster than it took France to appeal for a handball in the World Cup final. As Amazon’s stock soared over the years, we saw Bezos’s look change from sweet boy-next-door to Jason Statham on steroids.

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