Jeff Bezos’s fortune rose to $ 172 billion

The net worth of Amazon and Blue Origins owner Jeff Bezos has reached a new level – even after he gave up a quarter of his stake in Amazon as part of a divorce settlement last year.

Seattle-based retailer shares rose 4% to a record $ 2,879, boosting the founder’s fortune to $ 172 billion. This exceeds its previous high of $ 168 billion, set September 4, 2018, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

Its growth – $ 57 billion this year alone – underlines the growing wealth gap in the US amid the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression .. Bezos owns 11% of the shares, which makes up the bulk of his fortune.

It is noteworthy that the former wife of Mackenzie Bezos, who received a 4% stake in Amazon after a divorce, has a net worth of $ 57 billion, making her the second richest woman in the world after Francoise Bettencourt Meyers.