Jeff Bezos adds £19bn to personal fortune as Amazon online sales soar

Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos.

Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos.

The founder and CEO of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, has seen his personal wealth increase by more than £19bn, as a sharp increase in demand for online shopping has sent the firm’s share price to a new high.

Bezos owns 11% of Amazon shares and yesterday, the firm’s shares rose by 5.3%.

Already the world’s richest man, Jeff Bezos now has a fortune of more than £111bn.

Amazon has benefited from a surge internet shopping by people forced to stay home during the Covid-19 outbreak.