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What started as an idea for an online bookstore has made Jeff Bezos the wealthiest man in the world.
The Amazon founder and CEO now has a net worth of $141.9billion, which is already $40billion more than he was worth last year.
Bezos - Bill - Gates - Warren - Buffet
Bezos is now worth $49billion more than Bill Gates and $60billion more than Warren Buffet, who rank second and third.
And as Amazon shares continue to hit record highs in the stock market, it appears Bezos' wallet is only going to become more and more stuffed.
Story - Bezos - Fact
It is an incredible story that all began when a 30-year-old Bezos came across a surprising fact.
Bezos learned that internet usage was growing at 2,300 percent per year. It seemed like proof that his fantasy of an online book store could become a reality.
Anything - Princeton - University - Mater - Commencement
'I'd never seen or heard of anything that grew that fast,' he told Princeton University, his alma mater, during a 2010 commencement address.
'The idea of building an online bookstore with millions of titles - something that simply couldn't exist in the physical world - was very exciting to me.'
Time - Bezos - Job - Vice - President
But at the time Bezos was recently married and had a plush job as the vice president of the hedge fund D.E. Shaw Group in Manhattan.
His wife MacKenzie told him to go for it, but his boss urged him to stick to stability.
Walk - Central - Park - Bezos - Fantasy
As they went on a long walk in Central Park and Bezos told him of a fantasy he had that would one day become Amazon, his boss said: 'That sounds like a really good idea, but it would be an even better idea for someone who didn't already have a job.'
His boss urged Bezos to take 48 hours to think about his decision.
Future - CEO - Decades
The future CEO then realized how he would feel, decades into the...
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