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How Much Value Has Amazon Created for the World?

In his final letter to shareholders, Jeff Bezos calculated how much his company has benefited stakeholders. Let’s check his math.

Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

How much went to shareholders?

The state of “the market” has become a very bad proxy for prosperity. Those lucky enough to own stocks are enjoying boom times; those who do not are left out in the cold.

How did Amazon’s third-party sellers fare?

How about employees?

Amazon was the “worst offender” among a rogues’ gallery of high-tech companies that use aggressive tax avoidance strategies.

Stakeholder value means solving multiple equations simultaneously

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Tim O'Reilly

Founder and CEO, O'Reilly Media. Watching the alpha geeks, sharing their stories, helping the future unfold.