Jeff Bezos' incomprehensible wealth
The Amazon founder announces he will fly into space in July
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Jeff Bezos has announced through his space exploration company Blue Origin that he and his brother Mark Bezos will be flying into space next month.
The Amazon founder and his brother will be joining the winner of the auction for New Shepard's first human flight, where bidding has reportedly already reached US$2.8 million with almost 6,000 bidders from 143 countries, ABC reports. The auction will conclude on June 12, and the flight will launch from Van Horn, Texas. The flight itself will only last around 30 minutes, long enough to fly the passengers to the edge of space where they will get to unbuckle and float for a few minutes before returning to Earth.
The amount of the winning bid will go to Blue Origin's foundation, Club for the Future, which aims to inspire young generations to pursue STEM careers. It's uncertain how much Bezos himself is paying for his ticket to space, but he's definitely got the cash to blow, as most people know that Amazon enjoyed a huge boost in sales during the worldwide coronavirus lockdown.
Bezos is now the second-richest man in the world, but it's still a challenge to even conceptualize that level of wealth, and the potential it has to change the world. Let's take a look at how Bezos amassed this incredible fortune and try to get an understanding of its true worth. Click through the gallery to get started.
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