As Amazon's stock rose from $1,170 to $1,186 on Black Friday, Bezos' net worth passed $100 billion for the first time ever! On that note, let's dive into some Bezos and Amazon stats.
That seemingly small rise in Amazon's stock price sent Bezos' fortune up $2.4 billion to $100.3 billion, to be exact. In fact, Jeff's net worth has risen $33 billion in 2017 making him the richest man in the world with Bill Gates ($89.4 billion) and Warren Buffet ($78.6 billion) close behind.
The $100 billion milestone makes Bezos, 53, the first billionaire to build a 12-figure net worth since 1999, when Bill Gates hit the mark. Gates, 62, would be worth more than $150 billion if he hadn't donated almost 700 million Microsoft shares and $2.9 billion of cash and other assets to charity, according to an analysis of his publicly disclosed giving since 1996. Bezos' donations don't get close to matching Gates', however, Bezos tweeted in June of this year asking for donation ideas - "I want my philanthropic activity to be helping people in the here and now".
Bezos fun fact: In April he said that he sells $1 billion of Amazon stock every year to fund Blue Origin LLC, the space exploration business he founded in 2000.
Amazon will account for a whopping 44% of all e-commerce sales in the US in 2017. That 44% equates to roughly $196.8 billion. Amazon is followed distantly by eBay (6.8%), Apple (3.6%) and Walmart (3.6%). For context, Amazon's 44% of e-commerce sales represents about 4% of all retail sales online and off in the U.S.
According to Internet Retailer, Amazon held 25% market share in 2012, 33% in 2015, and 38% in 2016. So growth has been solid and steady for Amazon in the e-commerce space. Electronics contributed to an estimated 18% of the company's sales growth in 2016, as the number of US households that own an Amazon Echo device more than doubled from 2015.
One study by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners found that 20% of all US consumers, roughly 70 million people, are Amazon Prime members.
Unless stated otherwise, all stats were from the research firm, eMarketer.