All the companies in Jeff Bezos’s empire, in one (large) chart
Jeff Bezos was the richest person in the world… for half a day. The Amazon founder’s net worth soared to $91 billion Thursday morning, but an afternoon pullback in Amazon stock meant he ended the day at $88.5 billion (and back below Bill Gates). Is it just a matter of time before he retakes the top spot? Judging by the size of the empire he’s amassed on his way to the top of the billionaires list, that could be a fair guess. Bezos’s empire encompasses not just e-commerce, but also news organizations, robotics companies and coupon sites. Oh, and ever heard of Google, Airbnb or Uber? Bezos is an investor in those companies, too.
Bezos has made the acquisitions through a variety of vehicles. Amazon AMZN, -2.48% has made its own acquisitions, including the recent $13.7 billion deal for Whole Foods WFM, +0.10% , as well as other companies such as online shoe retailer Zappos and video streaming site Twitch.
Amazon has also made investments in smaller startups. In 2010 and 2011, the company heavily invested in coupon company Living Social, which was eventually acquired by Groupon GRPN, +1.33% in 2016. Whole Foods wouldn’t be Amazon’s first foray into food; the company invested $100 million in grocery delivery service HomeGrocer back in 1999. That company eventually folded during the dot-com bust.
Then there’s Bezos Expeditions, which manages Jeff Bezos’ venture capital investments. Those investments have included Twitter TWTR, -0.53% Workday WDAY, +0.56% Business Insider and Stack Overflow.
Bezos also invests his money on a personal level. He was an angel investor in Google GOOG, +0.80% having invested $1 million in the company in 1998. He also invested $112 million in Airbnb and $37 million in Uber.
And finally, there’s Nash Holdings, a private company owned by Bezos, which bought The Washington Post in August 2013 for $250 million.
Oh, and don’t forget that Bezos, like Tesla TSLA, +0.18% Chief Executive Elon Musk, has his sights on expanding his empire to space. Bezos is the founder of Blue Origin, a rocket company that could start offering trips for paying customers to space by 2018. Bezos said in some years he has personally invested up to $1 billion in the company.
As Bezos expands his empire, he generally just keeps getting richer. When Amazon’s stock surged after news hit of the Amazon and Whole Foods deal, Bezos became a whopping $1.88 billion richer — that’s $600 million more than what the top 10 Whole Foods shareholders combined are making on their Whole Foods stock.