A new study found that Jeff Bezos is likely to become the world’s first trillionaire, possibly by 2026.
Comparisun, a small business-advice platform, analyzed the net worth of the world’s 25 richest people and the market capitalization of the 25 highest-valued companies on the New York Stock Exchange and found Bezos is most likely to become the world’s first trillionaire.
If Bezos was to become a millionaire, he would be richer than 43.7% of the world’ s population. His worth would be more than the individual GDPs of 179 countries with a combined population of 3.4 billion, according to Comparisun.
Bezos started trending on Twitter when news broke that he could become a millionaire in the near future. And the memes have not stopped since.
Jeff Bezos is about to become the world’s first trillionaire while we’re about to enter a depression pic.twitter.com/901vsfmD5p
— Thomas Moore (@Thomas_A_Moore) May 14, 2020
Me: JEFF BEZOS IS A GOING TO BE A TRILLIONAIRE??? THIS IS OUTRAGEOUS!!!!Also me: Places my 3rd order from Amazon for the day.
— Bridget Phetasy (@BridgetPhetasy) May 13, 2020
“ It should be within everyone’ a legal right to rob him on sight. What’ s the harm? He literally has a trillion more dollars, ” one user tweeted.
If Jeff Bezos becomes a millionaire then it should be within everyone’s legal right to rob him on sight. What’s the harm? He literally has a trillion more dollars.
— Taylor Graduated Binches!!! (@InspectorNerd) May 14, 2020
Me saying Jeff Bezos shouldn’t be a trillionaire as I look up more stuff I don’t need on Amazon pic.twitter.com/0jx5VnZAE0
— Anthony Moore (@AllThatandMoore) May 14, 2020
Future: makes a song called trillionaireJeff Bezos: pic.twitter.com/2dMtniIpgN
— Dell Chapo (@GDell237) May 15, 2020
Jeff Bezos to everyone living out the Great Depression after he becomes the world’s first trillionaire pic.twitter.com/AfwWkMrUbv
— Nico Correia (@notn1co) May 14, 2020
Lmao “ eat the rich” Twitter is mad cause Jeff Bezos is becoming a millionaire during a pandemic, but they spent their whole stimulus check ordering TVs and video games on Amazon and going to do the same if we get a second one.
— Will (@willpremo) May 14, 2020
Aside from the jokes, there was genuine outrage that one human being could acquire that much wealth. Many feel that Bezos already has an excessive amount of wealth and pointed out that capitalism does’ a favor everyday workers like it does the wealthy.
Jeff Bezos is set to become the world’ s first billionaire and I’ all out here STILL defending capitalism as if you’ of billionaires and this exploitative system is actually working for you. #RIPCapitalism
— Ryan Knight (@ProudSocialist) May 13, 2020
Jeff Bezos can afford to end world hunger twice every year & remains one of the richest people alive after. He chooses not to. That’s pure evil https://t.co/6BUqGQ1gvn
— gynecologist. (@finessence_) May 14, 2020
The fact that Jeff Bezos is set to become the first TRILLIONAIRE because of how “ well” Amazon has been doing during a pandemic that hundreds of thousands of people have already died from should tell you all you need to know about how vile Capitalism is.
— bong joon-ho stan account (@socializm_) May 13, 2020
jeff bezos is finna become the world’s first trillionaire and Fox news is still saying the rich pay too much taxes bitch fuck capitalism
— ????í wants you to re-elect Ed Markey (@itsssanahi) May 13, 2020
“ Capitalism has brought about levels of income inequality that are unjust and unsustainable, ” one user tweeted.
Capitalism has brought about levels of income inequality that are unjust and unsustainable. Three men in America own more wealth than the bottom HALF of the country. This is disturbing. Unfettered capitalism is not the path forward.#RIPCapitalism https://t.co/12D5IYlNqa
— McAuley (@McauleyHolmes) May 13, 2020
Jeff bezos ab to become a millionaire and meanwhile my job is reopening forcing me to go from making $978 a week to making $2.13/hr+tips as a server in an environment where no one wants to go out to eat. I’ am so fucking tired to.
— thicc saban 4 socialism (@yngjcb) May 14, 2020
Jeff Bezos is setting to potentially become the first trillionaireFor context, if you made $1 million/an HOUR it would take you 480 YEARS to reach your first trillionIn conclusion, Bezos gets the guillotine
— Sammy the bug lover (@SammyRainbowCat) May 13, 2020
Jeff Bezos may soon be a trillionaireThat is 69 MILLION YEARS’ worth of minimum wage laborYou could have worked on a T-Rex farm for 3 million years til the meteor hit, worked every day since, and never spent a dime—and you’d only now have as much money as Bezos is about to pic.twitter.com/3VtP8pFwCR
— Notorious Jewish Ba(n)ker (@Pale_0ntologist) May 14, 2020
Many pointed out that while Bezos is set to become a millionaire, Amazon workers had to fight for $15 an hour.
Jeff Bezos about to become a millionaire and still can’t pay his workers. He is actually the real life Lex Luthor and we don’t talk about it enough.
— blackness everdeen (@traceyecorder) May 14, 2020
If Jeff Bezos paid his fair share of taxes and paid his workers a starting salary of 80k a year, gave them awesome healthcare, 6 weeks vacation, maternity leave, and sick pay, I might be slightly less disgusted by his billionaire status.
— The USA Singers (@TheUSASingers) May 14, 2020
Jeff Bezos is expecting to become the 1st millionaire as he consolidates the retail market during coronavirus. Now Amazon is telling its workers (who have faced significant risk) that it’ll be ending their hazard pay at the end of MAY! Atrocious greed.https://t.co/JOcsZBwSGo
— Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (@RepBonnie) May 13, 2020
Jeff Bezos is reportedly poised to become the world’s first trillionaire by 2026.Meanwhile: Amazon plans to cut workers’ hazard pay in June 50+ of its warehouses have #COVID19 cases 6 workers have been fired after criticizing conditions pic.twitter.com/oNiaAtyNHZ
— AJ+ (@ajplus) May 14, 2020
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) even weighed in and called Amazon ending hazard pay during a pandemic “ immoral.”
While Jeff Bezos is on track to become the world’ s first billionaire in the middle of a pandemic, Amazon is ending overtime pay for warehouse and delivery workers on the front lines. This is immoral. pic.twitter.com/aeR4bCXVHi
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) May 14, 2020
Many pointed out how many problems in the world Bezos could essentially solve with his extravagant wealth.
While economies have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, Bezos has emerged unscathed. From March 14 to May 14, Bezos’ wealth grew from $125 billion to $143 billion, according to Bloomberg’s Billionaires Index.
Amazon has fared well during the pandemic, likely because people are ordering goods through Amazon’ a delivery service to stay safe and healthy. Bezos donated $100 million to U.S. food banks in early April, according to CNN.