Jeff Bezos is known for being the richest person on Earth, with an estimated value of $ 202.7 billion. Since Tuesday morning, he has become the richest person to ever leave Earth as a newly minted commercial astronaut.
The billionaire founder of Amazon flew into space following the successful launch of the first passenger flight on the Blue Origin spacecraft.
Using a conventional rocket with a space capsule on top, Blue Origin launches and lands vertically, and the entire journey takes just 11 minutes from lift-off to landing.
In those 11 minutes, fulfilling his dream of going into space, Bezos, who has stopped running Amazon to dedicate himself to this passion, continued to increase his personal fortune.
There are two ways to calculate how much: using your income data or your change in net worth.
Bezos had a relatively modest income during his time at the helm of Amazon. His base salary of $ 81,840 hasn’t changed since 1998.
However, in addition to his salary, the additional compensation brings his total income to $ 1,681,840. Broken down, this amounts to $ 140,153 per month, $ 32,343 per week, $ 4,608 per day, $ 192 per hour, or $ 3.20 per minute.
It may not be as impressive as one might imagine for the richest man in the world, especially considering that the salary of other billionaires was many hundreds of times higher. Elon Musk reportedly earned $ 595 million in 2019.
However, if you calculate the increase in Bezos’ net worth – which is believed to have risen by $ 75 billion in 2020, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index – you get a very different set of figures.
It’s about $ 6.25 billion a month, $ 1.440 billion a week, $ 205 million a day, $ 8.56 million an hour, and $ 142,667 a minute.
Thus, during Blue Origin’s 11-minute flight, Bezos’s personal wealth potentially increased by $ 1.57 million.
After a brief career in finance, after graduating from Princeton University, Bezos founded Amazon in Seattle in 1994 from his garage, originally as an online bookstore.
Since then, the company has grown into the online retail giant it is today, the largest Internet company by revenue and the largest provider of virtual assistants and cloud infrastructure in the world.
Bezos channeled his passion for space into Blue Origin, which he founded in 2000, and the New Shepard spacecraft first hit space in 2015.
Among his many other investments is The Washington Post newspaper, which he bought in 2013 for $ 250 million.
Bezos is believed to have been the first centibillionaire, crossing a net worth of $ 100 million in 2018, and $ 200 million during the covid pandemic, as online shopping became a necessity during shutdowns forced by government.
On July 5, he stepped down from his position as CEO at Amazon and is now CEO, succeeding Andy Jassy, who headed the company’s cloud computing division.
In January 2019, Bezos and his wife of 25 years, MacKenzie Tuttle, announced that they were divorcing after a long period of separation.
As part of the deal, Tuttle received 25% of the couple’s Amazon shares, which is roughly $ 35.6 billion or 4% of the company.
She immediately became one of the richest women in the world and is known for her generous philanthropic work, having donated $ 8.7 billion to more than 750 non-profit groups in just two years.