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Bezos and Income Inequality Rising

John Dean
Dean’s List
5 min readJun 8, 2021

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The Amazon billionaire is going to outer space on July 20 on his own rocket

Photo by Blue Origin, Fair use, via Wikipedia

Exercising one of the prerogatives that comes with an estimated $185 billion fortune, Jeff Bezos has booked himself a trip to outer space. The trip, scheduled for July 20, will be historic. He will be the first astronaut to ride his own rocket into space. Also, Bezos has invited his younger brother along for the ride.

Predictably, another billionaire, Richard Branson, reacted negatively to the news that Bezos might beat him to space. He responded to Bezos’ announcement by scheduling a flight to space of his own. Branson, however, will not travel in his own spaceship. Virgin Galactic owns it. Also, his brother won’t be with him.

With that important clarification taken care of, I guess I am supposed to be awe at the accomplishments of Mr. Bezos. Amazon, founded by Bezos, made him a mega-billionaire. Not everyone can look with pride at more than 1.6 million packages a day, 608 million per year, sent by a business started in 1994. Whenever I visit the recycling center in my town, dozens of discarded Amazon boxes remind me of how ubiquitous Amazon is, even in rural America. Amazon is, one could say, amazing.

It is amazing how Amazon enabled Bezos to get so rich. Profits from the company…

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John Dean
Dean’s List

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