Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos broke the wealth barrier on Wednesday as shares of his online shopping behemoth continued to surge on skyrocketing demand for online shopping.
Bernard Sanders is an American politician who has served as the junior united States senator from Vermot since 2007 and as for the state’s at-large congressional district from 1991 to 2007. He is the longest-serving independent in U.S. congressional history, He reacted to Jeff Bezos being the first man to worth $200 billion.
He said: “The fact that Jeff Bezos became the world’s first $200 billion man at a time of unprecedented human pain and suffering is morally grotesque”.
“No. Billionaires should not be allowed to make $800 billion during a pandemic. Our job: Tax the rich and expand Medicare to all.”
Bezos, 56, is now $77.7 billion richer than Microsoft founder Bill Gates, who long held the title of world’s richest man but who now sits in the No. 2 spot with $124.3 billion. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg sits in third place with a net worth of $114.7 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.
Bezos is also now wealthier than all three of the Walton siblings put together, who each hold an equal stake in Walmart, Amazon’s longtime retail nemesis. The Waltons have a combined net worth of $173 billion, according to Bloomberg.
Bezos isn’t the only billionaire who’s made out like a bandit in 2020, despite a pandemic that has shuttered much of the economy and forced a record number of Americans to the unemployment line.
Excluding the $87 billion Bezos has added to his fortune in 2020, the next 10 richest people in the world have seen their wealth grow by more than $150 billion this year, according to Bloomberg. That figure includes the $73.6 billion that’s been added to Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s net worth as his electric automaker’s stock has skyrocketed.