Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' business empire, visualized
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has turned a company that began as an online book retailer into the world’s largest fortune and a sprawling business empire with holdings in industries ranging from retail to technology to aviation.
Bezos’ business interests have drawn unprecedented scrutiny since January, when he and his longtime wife, MacKenzie Bezos, announced plans to divorce. While the couple did not have a prenuptial agreement, MacKenzie Bezos announced on Thursday that she gave her former husband all of her interests in the Washington Post and the Blue Origin aviation company, as well as 75 percent of their Amazon stock and voting control over her remaining shares.
Under the 54-year-old’s leadership, Amazon has expanded beyond traditional retail to build an e-commerce juggernaut. The company’s acquisitions in recent years include grocery store chain Whole Foods, streaming service Twitch and security gadget-maker Ring. Bezos also owns Blue Origin, a private aviation firm aiming to spearhead the rise of space tourism, as well as The Washington Post.
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The entire Bezos empire can be viewed below, courtesy of a handy graphic from Visual Capitalist.