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7 Numbers That Explain Amazon's Big HQ News

HQ2 is coming ... somewhere

(Newser) - Amazon on Thursday announced plans for HQ2, a second headquarters to be built in North America as "a full equal to our Seattle headquarters," said Jeff Bezos in a statement . The company has invited interested host cities to submit a proposal , with the application saying the final site... More »

The Earth Has a New 'Richest Person'

With a net worth of $90.9 billion, Jeff Bezos just surpassed Bill Gates

(Newser) - A strong morning for shares of Amazon has resulted in bragging rights for CEO Jeff Bezos: He is now the richest person on the planet. Bezos' net worth climbed to $90.9 billion about 10am EDT Thursday, putting him ahead of Gates at $90.7 billion, per Bloomberg . It's... More »

Love Whole Foods' Organics? How Amazon Could Alter Them

One view: Small farms could be hurt, and standards weakened

(Newser) - Amazon rocked the grocery world this month with its plan to buy Whole Foods . While the deal has not been approved yet, it's still generating all kinds of commentary on what it would mean for supermarkets and consumers. At the Washington Post , however, Caitlin Dewey assesses the "big... More »

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' Big Idea Was Bananas

Tech giant gives away thousands of free bananas every day

(Newser) - There's always money in the banana stand . Unless you're Amazon, of course. Then you just give those suckers out for free. The tech giant tells the Wall Street Journal it gives away about 8,000 bananas to employees and hungry passersby every weekday from two stands at its... More »

Jeff Bezos' Magic Number Is $990

If Amazon shares hit that, and they're close, he'll be world's richest

(Newser) - The world's No. 2 richest man took a big step toward the No. 1 slot Thursday. With Amazon shares reaching as high as $965 in after-hours trading (up nearly $50 from the close) on the news that sales may beat estimates for the quarter, Jeff Bezos' fortune was set... More »

There's Now Only One Person Richer Than Jeff Bezos

He shut down rival's firm, gained $1.5B on same day

(Newser) - Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos made a fortune on top of his existing fortune Wednesday and finished the day as the second-richest person on the planet. His company's share price surged $9 billion after its purchase of Middle Eastern e-commerce site Souq, adding $1.5 billion to Bezos' personal... More »

Fortune Names World's 10 Best Leaders

Theo Epstein, Jack Ma top the list

(Newser) - The world's greatest leaders aren't necessarily heading countries. Indeed, the greatest leader is US politics is an Army general, according to Fortune 's fourth annual list of the world's 50 greatest leaders. However, each individual on the list—43 of whom appear for the first time—... More »

Jeff Bezos Buys Ex-Museum to Remodel Into Huge DC Home

Neighbors will include Obamas and Trumps

(Newser) - To get a bigger house in Washington, Jeff Bezos would have to be elected president. The Amazon founder is the anonymous buyer who paid $23 million for the former Textile Museum in Washington, DC, in October last year, and he plans to turn it into the city's largest private... More »

World's Richest Band Together, Launch $1B Fund

Bill Gates is leading clean energy technology venture

(Newser) - Bill Gates has lined up more than a dozen of his fellow billionaires to go where many investors now fear to tread: cleaner energy technologies. Gates announced Sunday night that he's leading the Breakthrough Energy Ventures fund, which plans to invest up to $1 billion in technology that could... More »

Amazon Worker Sends Email, Leaps From Company Building

Seattle police say it was suicide attempt

(Newser) - An Amazon employee emailed hundreds of fellow Amazonians—including CEO Jeff Bezos—before leaping from a building at company headquarters in Seattle Monday morning. The man survived the jump, which police believe was a suicide attempt. A source tells Bloomberg that the man, one of 20,000 workers in multiple... More »

Amazon's Bezos Becomes World's Third Richest Person

$2.6 billion isn't a bad day's haul

(Newser) - Thursday wasn't a bad day for Jeff Bezos: a $2.6 billion rise in his fortune and a move up Forbes' billionaire list to become the third richest person on the planet, the magazine reports . The 24-hour windfall that brought the Amazon CEO's net worth up to a... More »

Jeff Bezos Responds to Trump's Amazon Attack

Amazon founder says presidential candidates shouldn't behave that way

(Newser) - Last Thursday, Donald Trump set his sights on Amazon founder/Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos and pulled the proverbial trigger, accusing Amazon of "getting away with murder tax-wise" and claiming the paper was being wielded to protect Amazon from paying more in taxes. One week later, Bezos took aim of... More »

Trump's New Target: Amazon.com

He calls out founder Jeff Bezos

(Newser) - Donald Trump seems to have a big new target in his sights: Amazon.com and its founder, Jeff Bezos. In a Thursday interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity, Trump accused Bezos of using his Washington Post to try to keep Trump out of the White House. Why? He said Amazon... More »

2 Familiar Names Crack List of Top 10 Billionaires

No, not Bill Gates—he still reigns at top of the 'Forbes' list with $75B

(Newser) - Forbes' annual compilation of the wealthiest people on Earth is out, and the list welcomes a couple of flush newcomers to the richest of the rich. Bill Gates retains his top spot with $75 billion to his name, while for the first time, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg cracks the... More »

Trump: I'll Ask Bill Gates to Shut Down the Internet

Jeff Bezos would rather send Trump to space

(Newser) - After Donald Trump is done banning all Muslims from the US , he'll consider shutting down the Internet to stop ISIS "jihadists"—or so he told a South Carolina crowd on Monday. "We're losing a lot of people because of the Internet," Trump said. "... More »

Bezos 1, Musk 0: Reusable Rocket Goes to Space and Back

Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket nailed landing after 62-mile journey

(Newser) - Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin space firm beat Elon Musk's SpaceX to the punch and launched its Blue Shepard reusable rocket into outer space, then returned to its landing pad in its "first successful uncrewed reusability test," Mashable reports. The BE-3 rocket and empty crew capsule flew to... More »

Amazon: NYT Takedown Was a Mistake-Filled Mess

Rep Jay Carney insinuates piece wouldn't have passed Journalism 101

(Newser) - Jeff Bezos took umbrage back in August at a New York Times takedown of Amazon's supposedly toxic work environment. Now Jay Carney—President Obama's former press secretary and now chief spokesman for Amazon—is on the offensive, via a lengthy response to the Aug. 15 piece that was... More »

Chinese President Says 'Cheese' With US Tech Giants

Zuckerberg even put on a suit for the occasion

(Newser) - One way to get the head of Apple to visit the Microsoft campus: Tell him it's picture day with the president of China. Tim Cook and other technology bigwigs—including Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, Amazon's Jeff Bezos, and Alibaba's Jack Ma—gathered yesterday in Redmond, Wash., for... More »

Amazon CEO Says He'll Launch Rockets From Florida

Jeff Bezos plans on making spacecraft, launching them from Cape Canaveral

(Newser) - When Jeff Bezos graduated valedictorian from Miami Palmetto Senior High in 1982, he told the Miami Herald that one day he wanted to "build space hotels, amusement parks, yachts, and colonies for two or three million people orbiting around the Earth." The Amazon CEO just took a major... More »

Bezos: Amazon Not a 'Soulless, Dystopian Workplace'

CEO hits back at unflattering 'NYT' article that depicts company as callous

(Newser) - The usually reticent Jeff Bezos let loose this weekend in a memo to Amazon employees after a harsh New York Times article described an often-toxic workplace where workers are regularly thinned through "purposeful Darwinism"; callous managers prioritize work over employees' serious illnesses, parental obligations, and family tragedies; and ultra-competitiveness... More »

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