Apr 15, 2020

Coronavirus: Amazon boss Jeff Bezos adds $24bn to fortune

The founder and boss of Amazon has seen his wealth swell by $24bn after soaring demand for online shopping sent the firm's share price to a new high. Jeff Bezos now has a fortune of $138bn, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, cementing his position as the world's richest man. Amazon has benefited from surging internet shopping by people forced to stay home during the Covid-19 outbreak. The Waltons saw their net worth rise 5% this year to $169bn, making them the world's richest family, according to Bloomberg. With millions now working from home, online meeting site Zoom has seen founder Eric Yuan's fortune more than double to $7.4bn. The Bloomberg Billionaires Index said the world's 500 richest people lost $553bn so far this year.

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