No.3 - JEFF BEZOS (AMAZON)


Age: 54

 

Years at current company: 24

 

Nationality: American

 

Industry: E-commerce

 

Turnover: $178bn

 

Rate of growth: 100% since 2014

 

Nothing seems to stop Jeff Bezos. In four years the turnover of the American behemoth has more than doubled, from 74.2 billion to 178 billion dollars. Better still, Amazon now makes money. In 2017 it generated around three billion dollars in profit. In that time Bezos has become the world’s richest man. Since revolutionizing the way people buy goods, the New Mexico native has invested in the press, with the purchase of The Washington Post, and in the nascent commercial space flight industry with Blue Origin.      

 

Notable success: The purchase of Whole Foods in 2017 for 13.7 billion dollars saw Amazon expand its multi-channel offering to the organic foods market. Whole Foods stores registered revenue of 4.5 billion dollars in the last quarter of 2017.  

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