When you're heading to work in the morning, how many empty Amazon boxes do you see at the side of the road, waiting to be collected? The chances are that it's a lot. But that's just the start of Amazon's reach. The company also has the largest website hosting service in the world, and is currently planning to buy Whole Foods for $13.7 billion.
Unsurprisingly then, CEO Jeff Bezos is a pretty wealthy man. But he's always had trouble taking the top spot from Microsoft founder Bill Gates. That is until this morning, when Amazon stocks opened up 1.6%, adding a tidy $1.4 billion to Bezos’ net worth.