The current richest man in the world’s net worth just hit $189.3 billion, earning $13 billion in just one day. According to Bloomberg’s Billionaires Index, this is the largest one-day increase to anyone’s net worth.
Amid the coronavirus pandemic, Amazon kept moving its way to the top with a 7.9 percent increase in its stock price, thanks to the high number of demands in Amazon’s services, fueling Bezos’ fortune boom. The 56-year-old’s 11 percent stake in the tech company, which he founded 26 years ago, makes up more than 90 percent of his net worth and the rest comprises of Blue Origin, $4.5 billion in cash, the Washington Post newspaper – which he purchased in 2013 for $250 million – and other assets.
As the US economy is facing one of its worst downturns, other tech leaders are also adding billions to their net worth like Tesla’s Elon Musk whose net worth reached $46.9 billion this year.
Meanwhile, Amazon’s Scout, the six-wheeler delivery robot, is now undergoing trials in Franklin, Tennessee, Atlanta, and Georgia. Prior to this, Scout has been launched in a neighborhood in Snohomish County, Washington and Irvine, California.
Although the company did not announce the actual number of robots on the road, it seems like most of it are just prototypes accompanied by what Amazon calls “Amazon Scout Ambassador” (a human minder), slowly evolving into something the company can use for a reliable and quick delivery.
Unveiled in January 2019, Amazon’s Scout seems like it will be moving in a slow pace, just like its founder, carefully knitting it all to perfection in the long run. As of now, it is contributing greatly in the advent of COVID-19, helping reduce human contact, but still deliver quality service.