What do you buy when you’re the richest man in the world? It’s a question only Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos can answer thanks to his insane net worth, which clocks in at an estimated $156 billion (although his recent divorce has taken a big bite out of that).
Yet while we’re unable to count up every purchase the man makes — Business Insider calculates that Bezos spending $88,000 is the same as you or I spending $1 — we do have an idea of some of his more extravagant purchases and investments over the years.
Find a roundup of how Bezos has spent some of his fortune below.
He’s one of the biggest landowners in the US
Thanks to a roundup in the Wall Street Journal, we know that Bezos owns a 5.3-acre estate in Medina, Washington valued at $25 million, a former textile museum turned townhouse in Washington DC that cost $23 million, and three apartments in New York City amounting to a total value of $17 million.
Elsewhere, he owns a $25 million mansion in Beverly Hills and, this July, he bought a $12.9 million four-bedroom property next door so he could have a whole compound situation going on. His property portfolio also includes a 30,000-acre ranch in Texas, which is the base for Amazon’s burgeoning space-transportation company Blue Origin.
He doesn’t only own Amazon
Bezos has made a number of investments not only through Amazon, but also venture capital firm Bezos Expeditions, private company Nash Holdings, the Bezos Family Foundation, and his own private fortune. He has invested, among other areas, in cancer research, agriculture, tech, and education. He has invested in Airbnb, healthcare company Grail, Whole Foods, Twitter, and Uber. In 2013, he bought The Washington Post for $250 million.
As mentioned, Bezos also owns Blue Origin, which is funded on an annual basis by selling $1 billion worth of Amazon stock. Its goal is to develop large-scale space transport, tourism, and colonization.
Find a more comprehensive list of Bezos’ investments here.
Extra AF mode of transport
Until the Blue Origin rockets are ready, Bezos hops between his properties and companies in a $65 million Gulfstream G650ER jet, according to CNBC. Casual.
Charity and projects
Earlier this year, CNN reported that Bezos and ex-wife MacKenzie donated more to charity in 2018 than anyone else in the world. They spent $2 billion via the Bezos Day One Fund to boost nonprofits that help alleviate homelessness.
Bezos has also donated to charities including Mary’s Place, which supports homeless people in Seattle, and TheDream.US, which supports immigrant child education bill the Dream Act. He invested in the mission to recover the Apollo 12 rocket from the Atlantic Ocean and has also handed over $42 million to build the 10,000 Year Clock via The Long Now Foundation.
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