Recently, the net worth of the entrepreneur went to $ 200 billion and according to estimates by the Bloomberg Billionaires Index now amounts to $ 207 billion. But back in 1994, when he laid the foundations of Amazon as an online bookstore, he assumed that his business could collapse.
“I thought there was a 30% chance of creating a successful company,” he told KING-TV in 2000. “I never thought I would build Amazon into what I became. And I’m the most surprised person on the planet from its success,” he said at the time.
A year after starting the business, in 1995, Bezos’ parents gave him a $ 245,573 loan to develop it. “I told them then that they were very likely to lose their savings invested in the company,” he recalled.
Bezos already owns more than $ 200 billion, Musk – more than $ 100 billion.
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The creation of Amazon is a real roulette for Jeff Bezos. He left his permanent job at a hedge fund in New York and moved to Seattle. There he founded the company in the garage of his home, at a time when many people did not even know what the Internet was.
Although his parents decide to support him in this endeavor, they are also worried about his success. “Don’t quit your job. Can’t you do all this on the weekends and in the evening?” Was the reaction of his mother, Jacqueline Bezos, when she learned of his intentions.
Despite his fears, he succeeds. Even today, Amazon is one of the most expensive companies in the world with a capitalization of about $ 1.7 trillion.
“What has happened over the last 25 years with Amazon has far exceeded my expectations. I was hoping to start a company, but not on the scale you see it now,” Bezos admits.
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