Amazon has 100 million Prime members, Jeff Bezos reveals

Amazon’s Prime subscription service has exceeded 100 million paid members worldwide, CEO Jeff Bezos revealed for the first time on Wednesday.

Bezos and the e-commerce giant he founded have traditionally kept the number of Prime subscribers under wraps. Recent estimates suggested that Amazon has about 90 million U.S. Prime members, who pay $99 a year for free two-day shipping, video streaming and other perks.

“In 2017, Amazon shipped more than five billion items with Prime worldwide, and more new members joined Prime than in any previous year – both worldwide and in the U.S.,” Bezos wrote in his annual letter to shareholders.

Amazon shares rose 1.5% in after-hours trading.