The figures are truly mind-blowing. Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg reaped real fortunes during the crisis. They potentially amass hundreds of millions, even billions of dollars …
In early July, the combined market capitalization of six leaders Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Alphabet (the parent company of Google), Facebook and Netflix reached $ 6.5 trillion (more than twice the GDP of France).
While the remuneration of bosses in “classic” companies hit hard by the crisis will probably be closely observed after state aid or social plans, the bosses of American giants are rubbing their hands.
Tesla chief executive Elon Musk is now eligible for compensation of $ 2.1 billion. Even though the company sells very few cars and faces many problems, Tesla’s six-month average market cap first hit $ 150 billion with a peak of $ 300 billion.
Bezos’ fortune soared $ 13 billion
Elon Musk can thus trigger the second of the twelve tranches of options granted to the billionaire in his 2018 compensation plan by allowing him to buy Testa securities at a huge discount. If the one who is also the boss of Space X chose to exercise his right to acquire the second tranche of shares and sell them at the closing price on Tuesday, he would pocket this sum of several billion dollars …
In May, Tesla had already authorized his boss to potentially claim a payroll of nearly $ 775 million. Now, according to a ranking by Forbes magazine, Elon Musk is currently the eighth richest person on the planet, with an estimated fortune of $ 72 billion.
For Jeff Bezos, the boss of Amazon, the jackpot is even bigger. The richest man in the world saw his fortune jump $ 13 billion earlier this week. Amazon’s stock rose nearly 8% as it closed Monday at $ 3,196. However, most of the heritage of the businessman is made up of actions of the e-commerce giant.
Since the start of the year, his personal treasury has grown by $ 74 billion. In total, his fortune is now estimated at 189 billion dollars far ahead of Bill Gates with 118 billion euros or Bernard Arnault with 94.7 billion euros (Owner of the Parisian-Today in France).
+ 46% for Zuckerberg
In the list, between March and mid-May, the fortune of Mark Zuckerberg, the boss of Facebook also climbed 46%.
These fortunes of these digital giants are expected to continue to grow in the coming months.
The publication of quarterly results of the giants of new technologies should confirm the development of their services during the crisis and new consumption habits. The giant Netflix gained nearly 10 million subscribers in the second quarter and now exceeds 190 million users worldwide.