July 26, 2021

With his divorce, Jeff Bezos would have lost almost € 9bn, but he remains the richest man in the world

Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos lost more money than almost any other billionaire in 2019. But he’s still the richest person in the world. With 115 billion dollars (102.33 billion euros), his fortune Bezos is down 10.1 billion dollars (8.99 billion euros) this year, according to the “Billionaire’s Index” (index of billionaires ) from Bloomberg.

The drop is the second largest on the list, just behind that suffered by media mogul Rupert Murdoch, whose fortune has more than halved. It fell by 10.2 billion dollars (9.08 billion euros), from 18 (16.02) billion to 7.8 (6.94) billion. The loss of Jeff Bezos is due to the cost of his separation from MacKenzie Bezos, his wife of 26 years. They had announced their divorce in January.

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In an out-of-court divorce agreement reached in July, the couple split their shares of Amazon: 75% for Jeff Bezos and 25% for MacKenzie Bezos. This greatly reduced the net worth of the CEO of Amazon, which reached more than 165 billion dollars (146.82 billion euros) at the end of 2018, according to Bloomberg. This divorce also devoted a new independent billionaire in the person of MacKenzie Bezos, who finished the year in 25th position in the Bloomberg ranking, with 37.1 billion dollars (33.01 billion euros) to his credit. She is the fifth richest woman on the list.

The scale of Amazon and Bezos’ wealth is such that the end of their marriage was ultimately one of the biggest financial events of 2019. The $ 37.1 billion transfer of wealth between the Bezos is slightly larger than the total gross domestic product (35.1 billion dollars, or 31.23 billion euros) of Latvia, this eastern European state with around 1.9 million inhabitants .

According to the Bloomberg Index, 2019 was overall a good year for extremely wealthy people. Only two people in the top 50 – Jeff Bezos, therefore, and Chinese real estate billionaire Hui Ka Yan – have seen their fortunes dwindle. Tech moguls featured prominently among the winners, with big increases for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (+ $ 26 billion, or € 23.13 billion), Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates (+ $ 22.7 billion, or 20.2 billion euros), and the founders of Google, Larry Page and Sergey Brin (+ $ 13.3 billion and $ 12.8 billion, or respectively 11, 83 and 11.39 billion euros).

Version originale : Kieran Corcoran/Business Insider