Jeff Bezos
Courtesy of Amazon
United States
2020

Amazon Corporation

Jeff
Bezos

President / CEO / Chairman

Bezos is one of the few corporate titans who actually benefited from the pandemic, as it compelled more consumers to rely on Amazon to fulfill their shopping and movie viewing needs, such as a surprise sequel to Sacha Baron Cohen comedy “Borat” released in October. But it wasn’t all good news for his online retailing empire. Worker safety issues in Amazon warehouses led to lawsuits and strikes, which in turn led to bad press, exacerbated by pandemic-driven shortages and delivery slowdowns. But Bezos retained his status as the world’s richest person, with an estimated net worth of $113 billion, despite losing 25% of his Amazon stock in his $38 billion divorce settlement with ex-wife Mackenzie last year. He is also owner of the Washington Post and Blue Origin, a company dedicated to sustainable human space exploration. Bezos plans to transition into the role of executive chair in the latter half of 2021, with Amazon Web Services CEO Andy Jassy replacing him.

Career

  • Amazon Corporation
  • Blue Origin

Education

  • Princeton University (NJ, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
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Jeff Bezos to Step Down as Amazon CEO

Jeff Bezos to Step Down as Amazon CEO

Amazon announced that founder Jeff Bezos will step down as CEO in the third quarter of 2021, moving into a new role as executive chair.Andy Jassy, currently CEO of Amazon Web Services (AWS), will become Amazon.com's CEO at that time. The ecommerce giant made the announcement alongside blowout fourth-quarter 2020 earnings, its biggest-ever quarter of revenue ($125.6 billion) and net income ($7.2 billion).In prepared remarks, Bezos said it was an "optimal time" for the CEO transition, because Amazon is "at...

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