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Jeff Bezos Is Worth $179 Billion – And He’s About to Get a Lot Richer

Last Updated September 23, 2020 2:09 PM
Mark Emem
Last Updated September 23, 2020 2:09 PM
  • Amazon has leaped from strength to strength during the pandemic.
  • Four analysts recently raised their AMZN stock price targets – two as high as $3,600.
  • This means Jeff Bezos could be worth $210 billion within 12 months, though threats remain.

Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) founder and CEO Jeff Bezos is already the richest person on planet Earth. Four recent AMZN stock price target hikes  suggest he’s about to get a whole lot wealthier.

Wells Fargo: Amazon Stock Will Surge to $3,600 in 2021

Wall Street analysts have been raising their Amazon forecasts left and right throughout the pandemic.

According to Wells Fargo, the pandemic fueled permanent growth in e-commerce. Because Amazon is the chief beneficiary of this e-commerce boom, its stock price should surge as high as $3,600 in the next 12 months.

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Amazon stock has enjoyed an unbelievable rally in recent months. Wall Street thinks it’s going to continue – and make Jeff Bezos even wealthier. | Source: Yahoo Finance 

Telsey Advisory Group shares this outlook – and the $3,600 price target.

Jeff Bezos currently holds 55,488,770 AMZN shares . As of Friday, when the giant online retailer’s stock closed at about $3,050, his net worth stood at roughly $179 billion . Only about $10 billion of Bezos’ immense wealth is held outside of his Amazon stake.

Other things equal, Bezos’ wealth will swell by more than $30 billion to roughly $210 billion if Amazon stock hits that $3,600 price target.

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Jeff Bezos is currently worth more than major brands that are household names around the world. | Source: @ThinklyBrew/Twitter 

Could Jeff Bezos’ Net Worth Hit $200 Billion Soon?

Bank of America and Wedbush Securities raised their AMZN forecasts too, though their price targets are slightly more conservative.

Wedbush sees Amazon stock hitting $3,500, which would launch Bezos’ net worth to $205 billion.

Bank of America expects AMZN shares to top out at $3,280, which is roughly where they peaked earlier this month. This valuation would raise Bezos’ wealth to $192 billion.

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Forty-two out of 49 analysts covering Amazon have issued a buy rating on the stock. | Source: Wall Street Journal 

All four price targets exceed the average consensus outlook for Amazon , which is currently $3,077.

Although AMZN shares are trading near this level already, Wall Street Journal data indicates that 42 of 49 analysts maintain a buy rating.

What Might Stop Jeff Bezos from Becoming the First $200 Billion Man

Wall Street’s bullish outlook for Amazon stock masks the regulatory dangers that threaten AMZN’s road to $3,600.

The e-commerce behemoth faces congressional scrutiny alongside Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL), Facebook (NASDAQ: FB), and Alphabet (NASDAQ: GOOG). This is part of an antitrust probe designed to gather evidence on competition in the digital marketplace.

It comes in the wake of multiple allegations that Amazon has engaged in anticompetitive practices.

In one case, current and former employees said the company used sales data from third-party sellers  to develop competing products.

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Accusations of anticompetitive practices have dogged Amazon for a long time. | Source: @Balsikafi/Twitter 

Just last week, the Wall Street Journal exposed similar allegations  about Amazon’s venture capital fund. The fund reportedly obtained sensitive information about startups during the investment process. Amazon then used this information to bolster their own products and services.

Bezos is expected to testify virtually before a House Judiciary subcommittee  this week.

This congressional scrutiny could complicate his quest to become the first $200 billion man. But with a $60 billion cushion on Bill Gates, his status as the world’s wealthiest person looks unassailable.