The founder and boss of Amazon, Jeff Bezos has seen his wealth increase by $6.4 billion.
This is as a result of the rise in demand for online shopping amidst the coronavirus pandemic, the outbreak sent the company’s share price to a new high.
According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, Jeff Bezos now has a fortune of $138 billion, reinforcing his existing position as the world’s richest man.
Amazon has significantly benefited from surging internet shopping by people compelled to stay at home during the COVID-19 outbreak.
The firm has increased its workforce as it has recently recruited thousands of workers to cope with the surge in demand.
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Amazon has, however, also been criticised by employees in the United States, US, over workplace protection against the coronavirus pandemic.
Nonetheless, Amazon is said to be building its own COVID-19 test lab for its employees.
Mr. Bezos owns an 11% stake in Amazon and on Tuesday, April 14, 2020, the firm’s shares rose by 5.3%.
The family behind retail giant in the US, Wal-Mart, which owns Asda in the UK, has also gained wealth during the lockdown.
The Waltons saw their net worth rise 5% this year to $169bn, making them the world’s richest family, according to Bloomberg.
With millions now working from home, online meeting site Zoom has seen founder Eric Yuan’s fortune more than double to $7.4 billion.
The Bloomberg Billionaires Index also stated that the world’s 500 richest people have lost $553 billion so far this year.
Investors in the global oil and gas industries have seen sharp drops in net worth as crude prices plunged on reduced global demand and a row – now resolved – about oil production between Saudi Arabia and Russia.
All five Africans on the world’s 500 richest people list, saw a reduction in their wealth.
Nigeria’s Aliko Dangote ranked 98 with $13.8 billion, his wealth was decreased by $1.66 billion.
South Africa’s Nicky Oppenheimer ranked 277 with $6 billion, losing $1.35 billion, while Johann Rupert, ranked 301 with $5.64 billion, losing $1.74billion.
Brothers from Egypt Nassef Sawiris and Naguib Sawiris also lost some fortune. Nassef ranked 328 with $5.31 billion, losing $1.52 billion while Naguib ranked 435 with $4.39 billion, losing $798 million.