As Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos prepares to leave the planet in the coming weeks on a rocket built by his spaceship company, he hands over the reins of his e-commerce business – the country’s second largest employer – to Andy Jassy, 53 , a loyal lieutenant who spent 24 years at his side.
Jassy, the former head of Amazon Web Services, started his first day as CEO of Amazon on Monday. He has been with Amazon since 1997, just three years after Bezos started what was then an online bookstore from his Seattle suburb on July 5, 1994.
The business has grown into one of the most powerful companies in the world, valued at around $ 1.8 trillion, alongside oil giant Saudi Aramco and tech monolith Apple. It also put Bezos at the top of the list of the richest men in the world, making him one of only eight hundred millionaires in the world with personal net worth nearly $ 200 billion.
Leading Amazon with over 1.3 million employees worldwide and $ 386 billion …