Jeff Bezos is the only one of the world's five richest people who hasn't lost money in 2020. Here are 11 mind-blowing facts that show just how wealthy the Amazon CEO really is. (Katie Warren)
Jeff Bezos is so rich that an average American spending $1 is comparable to Bezos spending $1.2 million.

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Jeff Bezos, the world's richest person, is the only only one of the world's five wealthiest people who hasn't lost money in 2020, according to Bloomberg's Billionaires Index.

The Amazon CEO made more than $5 billion in the past three months, bringing his total net worth to $120 billion.

Bezos is about 36% richer than the British monarchy. He retained his ranking as the world's richest person even after his divorce from MacKenzie Bezos in 2019. She kept a 4% stake in Amazon worth roughly $35.7 billion, making her the fourth-richest woman in the world.

Though Jeff Bezos' annual salary is only $81,840, most of his wealth comes from his Amazon shares. The world's richest man makes $2,489 per second, or more than twice what the median US worker makes in one week, according to Business Insider's calculations.

Here are 11 mind-blowing facts that show just how wealthy Bezos really is.

1. Bezos is worth $120 billion despite being paid an annual salary of just $81,840, less than what most US representatives take home.

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Of course, a large portion of Bezos' wealth is tied to Amazon stock, not his salary.

In 2018, Business Insider calculated how much Bezos actually makes in a year, based on the change in his net worth year-over-year, and found it to be closer to $8.9 million. (Of course, Bezos actually lost $10 billion in 2019, but that was largely due to his divorce.)

It's even more impressive if you break that down to how much Bezos makes every day, every hour, and even every second.

2. Bezos makes $2,489 per second — more than twice what the median US worker makes in one week.

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That's $149,353 per minute.

As Business Insider's Hillary Hoffower previously reported, that means that in just one minute, the Amazon chief makes more than three times what the median US worker makes in a year: about $47,000, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data.

3. After divorcing MacKenzie Bezos and giving up 25% of the Amazon stock owned by the couple, Jeff Bezos retained his ranking as the richest person in the world.

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MacKenzie Bezos is now the fourth-richest woman in the world, after David Koch's widow Julia Flesher Koch, L'Oreal heiress Francoise Bettencourt Meyers, and Walmart heiress Alice Walton.

MacKenzie, who was one of Amazon's first employees, is worth an estimated $38.7 billion.

4. With his $120 billion, Bezos has a net worth equivalent to about 25% of the top 100 US college endowments.

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The three richest colleges in the US in 2018 based on the size of their endowments were Harvard University, with $38.3 billion, the University of Texas system, with $30.9 billion, and Yale University, with $29.4 billion.

Bezos' fortune is greater than those three universities' endowments combined — with more than $21 billion to spare.

5. Bezos is so rich that an average American spending $1 is similar to Bezos spending about $1.3 million.

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The median net worth of an average US household is $97,300. Dividing $120 billion by $97,300 comes to about $1.2 million.

6. The Amazon CEO is 36% richer than the British monarchy.

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The British royal family was worth an estimated $88 billion in 2017, according to Forbes.

7. Bezos is worth more than the entire gross domestic product of Morocco.

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Morocco's GDP is about $118 billion, according to The World Bank.

8. Bezos' net worth is greater than the GDP of Iceland, Luxembourg, and Cyprus — combined.

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Iceland's GDP is $25.8 billion, Luxembourg's is $70 billion, and Cyprus's is about $24.9 billion, for a total of about $120 billion.

9. According to the Social Security Administration, the average American man with a bachelor's degree will earn about $2.2 million in his lifetime. Bezos makes that in just under 15 minutes.

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According to the SSA, the average American woman with a bachelor's degree will earn $1.3 million in her lifetime.

Bezos, who has a bachelor's degree from Princeton University, makes $149,353 every minute, according to Business Insider's calculations last year.

10. Even if a moderate wealth tax had been implemented in America almost 40 years ago, Bezos would still be the second-richest person in the world.

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At the end of 2018, Bezos was worth $160 billion.

If the US had introduced a moderate wealth tax in 1982 — when the first Forbes 400 data on American billionaires was published — his net worth would now be about half that, or $86.8 billion, according to a recent study published in Brookings Papers on Economic Activity.

But even with a mere $86.8 billion fortune, Bezos would still be one of the richest people in the world, outranked only by French businessman Bernard Arnault.

A wealth tax has been a hot topic among the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, with both Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren calling for increased taxes on the super-rich.

11. Bezos lost more money in 2019 than almost any other billionaire in the world, but he's still the richest of them all.

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The Amazon CEO's net worth took a hit of more than $10 billion in 2019 — but he's still on top.

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