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Jeff Bezos' fortune just surpassed $171 billion. Here's how he built Amazon into a $1.4 trillion company and became the world's richest man. (AMZN)

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' net worth just reached a new high of $171.6 billion. Bezos founded Amazon in 1995. The company has since grown to one of the most valuable, powerful companies on the planet. Bezos has gone from a New York hedge-funder to the richest man in the world, but in the process, he's weathered a high-profile divorce and hacking scandal, faced antitrust scrutiny from lawmakers, and everything in between.  These days, Bezos is focused on making Amazon more climate-friendly, growing...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Elon Musk, New York, Texas, Instagram, Microsoft, Congress, Washington Post, Washington, Germany, New York City, Trends, Bloomberg, Iran, Intel


Elon Musk called Jeff Bezos a copycat — again — over Amazon's Zoox acquisition. Here are 9 other rivalries that have formed between some of the world's biggest tech CEOs.

While there are many close friendships among tech CEOs in Silicon Valley, there are plenty of feuds, too.  Some appear to be friendly rivalries — like Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff and Oracle CEO Larry Ellison — but others have become more contentious.  Tim Cook and Mark Zuckerberg, for example, have been openly feuding for years, while Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos have made digs at each other over outer space.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Silicon Valley is a breeding ground...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Spacex, Elon Musk, Cook, Jobs, Instagram, Microsoft, Steve Jobs, Washington, Time, San Francisco, Trends


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Tuesday. Reddit banned r/The_Donald, the largest pro-Trump subreddit, as it cracks down on hate speech and targeting. The subreddit was one of roughly 2,000 communities that were banned across Reddit on Monday, CEO Steve Huffman said. Amazon's live streaming service Twitch suspended President Trump's channel for violating 'hateful conduct' policies and cited his campaign speeches as the reason. Twitch said Trump's words at campaign rall...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Elon Musk, Instagram, Microsoft, Youtube, China, India, US, Trends, Tech, Tesla, Reddit, Wall Street Journal, Alexa


Tech's great reopening is here (don't forget to bring your mask)

Hello and welcome back to Trending, Business Insider's weekly look at the world of tech. I'm Alexei Oreskovic, Business Insider's West Coast Bureau Chief and Global Tech Editor. If you want to get Trending in your email inbox every Wednesday, just click here. This week: Tech is celebrating the great reopening — whether the coronavirus is onboard or not The last time I rode in an Uber I was on the way to a Warriors basketball game, just before the coronavirus suspended the season several mon...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Spacex, Elon Musk, Instagram, Microsoft, China, Ipo, Softbank, US, Trends, Ibm, Airbnb, Jeff Bezos, Alexa


Jeff Bezos is getting praised for calling out racist emails from customers. Here are the Amazon CEO's sharpest jabs at his critics, from calling one 'the kind of customer he's happy to lose' to a reported blackmail attempt (AMZN)

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has begun turning to the internet to voice his opinions on everything from the Black Lives Matter movement to a possible blackmail attempt.  While he's traded barbs with space rival Elon Musk in the past, 2019 seems to have marked a new era for Bezos: with his increased visibility have come increased critiques of him and Amazon.  Bezos hasn't taken all of it lying down, turning to Instagram — and, in the most high-profile incident, Medium —to speak his mind.  Most recentl...
Tags: Amazon, Post, Spacex, Elon Musk, Instagram, Washington Post, White House, Trends, Nasa, Washington Dc, Jeff Bezos, National Enquirer, Black Lives Matter, Black, Blue Origin, Trump


10 times that Elon Musk proved Tesla doesn't need advertising (TSLA)

A for more old-school advertising. Tesla has never spent any money on traditional ads, while other carmakers have spent billions. But Tesla and CEO Elon Musk enjoy an immeasurable amount of goodwill, earned advertising, both from fans and customers, but also from Musk's other companies and his celebrity status. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Tesla, famously or infamously, doesn't really spend an money on advertising. Contrast that with the traditional auto industry, whi...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Spacex, Elon Musk, Instagram, Robert Downey Jr, Steve Jobs, China, US, Los Angeles, Trends, General Motors, Tesla, Iron Man, International Space Station, Ford


Designers inspired by Tesla's Cybertruck are reimagining it as an RV, race car, police car, ambulance, taxi, military vehicle, and more

The Tesla Cybertruck isn't set to go into production until late 2021. In the meantime, artists have imagined and designed the Cybertruck as military vehicles, race cars, and a RV.  Tesla also teased its own Cybertruck rendering as a "cybercamper" when the truck was initially unveiled. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The highly anticipated Tesla Cybertruck isn't set to go into production until late 2021, but in the meantime, artists have been reimagining the electric truck ...
Tags: Elon Musk, UK, New York, Instagram, Trends, Tesla, Royal Mail, National Health Service, Volkswagen, New York Police Department, Coast Guard, Jon Sibal, Sibal, Jan Peisert, Havas Germany, Cybertruck


No Brilliant Jerks: How to Deal with Maverick CEOs

BOARDS and executives are feeling an unusual amount of pressure these days. And it’s not from covid-19—the squeeze started several years ago. Witness that the average cost of directors and officers insurance has almost doubled in the past two years and experienced a 70 percent jump in the 2019 third quarter. There are many underlying sources for the increased stress and skyrocketing insurance rates. But these days a maverick CEO is often at the center of board and executive consternation and ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Elon Musk, Leadership, Instagram, Steve Jobs, North Korea, Tesla, Netflix, Vw, SEC, Silicon Valley, Rob, Travis Kalanick


Designers inspired by Tesla's Cybertruck are reimagining it as an RV, race car, military vehicle, and more

The Tesla Cybertruck isn't set to go into production until late 2021. In the meantime, artists have imagined and designed the Cybertruck as military vehicles, race cars, and a RV.  Tesla also teased its own Cybertruck rendering as a "cybercamper" when the truck was initially unveiled. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The highly anticipated Tesla Cybertruck isn't set to go into production until late 2021, but in the meantime, artists have been reimagining the electric truck ...
Tags: Elon Musk, UK, Instagram, Trends, Tesla, Volkswagen, Jon Sibal, Sibal, Jan Peisert, Havas Germany, Cybertruck, Tesla Cybertruck, Cybertruck Cybertruck Owners Club, Peisert, Instagram Cybertruck Owners Club, Leasing Options


Elon Musk tweets a food blogger's 2017 photo from Buca di Beppo, saying 'life should be lived' as he advocates for businesses to reopen

Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted a photo of an ice cream sundae in a martini glass late on Tuesday night.  It was soon revealed that the photo was taken by a food blogger at Buca di Beppo in 2017.  Buca di Beppo responded saying that Musk was going to open a location of the Italian chain on Mars.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. As Tesla CEO Elon Musk calls for businesses to reopen, he turned to a 2017 photo from Buca di Beppo to argue "life should be lived."  Musk tweeted a p...
Tags: Elon Musk, Instagram, Trends, Tesla, Mars, Musk, Fremont California, Buca, Buca di Beppo, Molly Shah, Buca de Beppo, Buca di Beppo Buca, Buca di Bepo


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Wednesday. Tesla CEO Elon Musk reportedly made the case directly to President Trump in a phone call last month that restarting Tesla production would pose little risk to workers. Musk told Trump he wanted to open by May 1 and that doing so wouldn't pose a "significant risk" to workers, The Washington Post reported. Uber has reportedly offered to buy GrubHub as it leans on food delivery to make up for coronavirus losses. Shares of GrubHu...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, Elon Musk, Instagram, Washington Post, Disney, Trends, Tesla, Bloomberg, Hamilton, Alexa, Musk, John Krafcik, Trump


Inside the turbulent personal life of Elon Musk, who's dated Hollywood stars, has triplets and twins, and just had another baby with musician Grimes

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk seems to prefer to keep his personal life under wraps.  It wasn't until 2017 that he opened up in an intensely candid Rolling Stone profile. Musk discussed topics he usually doesn't, from his breakup with actress Amber Heard to his strained relationship with his father. Musk has had a stormy personal life at times. He's been through two divorces and is estranged from his father, who made headlines in 2018 after it was reported he had a child with his then-30-year...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Hollywood, Instagram, California, Time, Los Angeles, Trends, Tesla, Bloomberg, Marie Claire, Reddit, Alexis Ohanian, Grimes, Nevada, Rolling Stone


Tech billionaire Elon Musk and musician Grimes have had their first child together. Here's where their relationship began and everything that's happened since. (TSLA)

Tesla CEO Elon Musk and musician Grimes have been dating since 2018, when they made their debut as a couple at the annual Met Gala.  The couple has weathered ups and downs, like Musk's infamous "funding secured" tweet.  Now, Grimes and Musk have had their first child together, a baby boy.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Elon Musk and the musician Grimes took both the business and music worlds by surprise in May 2018 when they revealed they were dating. Since then, the cou...
Tags: Google, Twitter, Spacex, Elon Musk, Instagram, China, Los Angeles, Trends, Tesla, Azealia Banks, Shanghai, TSLA, SEC, Grimes, Mars, Rolling Stone


TikTok surpasses 2 billion downloads and sets a record for app installs in a single quarter

TikTok has surpassed 2 billion all-time global downloads across iOS and Android devices, . The accomplishment comes on the back of a record-setting Q1: TikTok saw 315 million installs, which Sensor Tower reports is the most downloads any app has ever had in a single quarter. Social platforms across the board have seen a surge in popularity in recent months, as people under coronavirus-related lockdown adjust to staying at home and find new ways to connect with others. Visit Business Insider's...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Elon Musk, Instagram, California, China, US, Trends, Wall Street Journal, Google YouTube, Lasso, Triller, Bytedance, Tiktok


Social media platforms back off misinformation crackdown after Trump touts quack cures

At The New York Times, Sheera Frenkel and Davey Alba report that Trump's remarks about hydrochloroquine, injecting disinfectant and light therapy have made a sham of Facebook, Twitter and other sites' new policies against spreading medical misinformation. Promotion of quack remedies for Covid-19 has exploded on their platforms more broadly as a result, with little apparent effort to moderate or remove them. Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have declined to remove Mr. Trump’s statements posted onlin...
Tags: Facebook, Post, Elon Musk, News, Instagram, New York Times, Trump, Facebook Twitter, Mr Trump, Davey Alba, Facebook Twitter and YouTube, Pray he does not alter them further, New York Times Sheera Frenkel, Facebook Instagram Twitter and YouTube, Trump Exception


Mark Zuckerberg says relaxing shelter-in-place rules too soon will cause the pandemic to worsen and may 'guarantee' future outbreaks (FB)

After Facebook reported better-than-expected earnings on Wednesday, CEO Mark Zuckerberg opined about the damage of reopening the US economy too soon. "I worry that reopening too quickly will almost guarantee future outbreaks and worse health and economic outcomes," he said. Facebook is seeing surging use, but the company acknowledges this probably won't last after the pandemic. It also acknowledged a "significant reduction" in the demand for advertising. Visit Business Insider's homepage for m...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, Instagram, US, Trends, Zuckerberg


Mark Zuckerberg warns that relaxing shelter-in-place rules too soon will cause the pandemic to worsen, saying it will 'guarantee' future outbreaks (FB)

After Facebook reported better-than-expected earnings, CEO Mark Zuckerberg opined about the potential damage of reopening the economy too soon. "I worry that re-opening too quickly will almost guarantee future outbreaks and worse health and economic outcomes," he said. Facebook users are surging, but the company acknowledges this probably won't last after the pandemic. It also acknowledged a "significant reduction" in the demand for advertising. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stori...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, Instagram, Trends, Zuckerberg


Tech billionaire Elon Musk and musician Grimes are about to have their first child together. Here's where their relationship began and everything that's happened since. (TSLA)

Tesla CEO Elon Musk and musician Grimes have been dating since 2018, when they made their debut as a couple at the annual Met Gala.  The couple has weathered ups and downs, like Musk's infamous "funding secured" tweet.  Now, Grimes and Musk are having a baby together and are due in early May. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Elon Musk and the musician Grimes took both the business and music worlds by surprise in 2018 when they revealed they were dating. Since then, the coup...
Tags: Google, Twitter, Elon Musk, Instagram, Banks, China, Los Angeles, Trends, Tesla, Azealia Banks, Shanghai, TSLA, SEC, Grimes, Mars, Rolling Stone


Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk have feuded for over a decade about space travel. Here are 9 other rivalries between some of the world's biggest tech CEOs.

While there are many close friendships among tech CEOs in Silicon Valley, there are plenty of feuds, too.  Some appear to be friendly rivalries — like Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff and Oracle CEO Larry Ellison — but others have become more contentious.  Tim Cook and Mark Zuckerberg, for example, have been openly feuding for years, while Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos have made digs at each other over outer space.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Silicon Valley is a breeding ground...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Spacex, Elon Musk, Cook, Jobs, Instagram, Microsoft, Steve Jobs, Washington, Time, San Francisco, Trends


Billionaire tech mogul Larry Ellison says he and Elon Musk are 'close friends.' Here are 8 other tech exec friendships that have thrived in the competitive world of Silicon Valley.

Silicon Valley might be competitive, but it also appears to be a breeding ground for friendships among its famous execs. It makes sense: the tech world is home to some of the richest people in the world, and life can probably get a little lonely at the top.  Elon Musk, for example, is close friends with Google cofounders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, as well as Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey.  Larry Ellison gave a eulogy at Steve Jobs' funeral, and he also has a love/hate relationship with c...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Spacex, Elon Musk, Jobs, Instagram, Microsoft, Steve Jobs, San Francisco, Trends, Tesla, Bloomberg, Larry Page


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Friday. Nine Tesla employees criticized the company's response to the novel coronavirus in interviews with Business Insider. Workers criticized a lack of hand sanitizer, mixed messages from CEO Elon Musk, and poor enforcement of social distancing. Tesla will temporarily lay off some employees in Norway for at least one month at the beginning of April, according to internal email sent on Tuesday by a Tesla's director in the region. A sig...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Elon Musk, UK, Instagram, Cdc, Senate, Germany, US, Trends, Tesla, Ministry Of Defence, Treasury, Boris Johnson, Norway


How a pandemic changed everything we post on social media

Coronavirus has transformed social media platforms around the world, bringing out users' best and worst impulses in a time of crisis.  A quarter of users say they are spending more time on sites like Facebook and Twitter now than before the outbreak, according to a survey conducted by market research firm Global Web Index.  While teens on TikTok are doing their best to cope with the international meltdown, Facebook and WhatsApp risk becoming hotspots for misinformation.  Business Insider asked...
Tags: Facebook, Elon Musk, UK, Instagram, Cdc, US, Trends, Linkedin, Alaska, Bill Gates, Chris Martin, Who, World Health Organization, Coldplay, Leo Varadkar, Business Insider


Most of tech's most powerful CEOs are coupled up. Here's what life is like for the husbands and wives of Silicon Valley's elite.

Most of tech's most powerful CEOs are married.  Not everyone is coupled up — Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos have girlfriends, while Jack Dorsey and Tim Cook appear to be single.  But for those who are married, many of them have been with their spouses for years or even decades.  Here's a look at the lives of the spouses of tech's biggest CEOs.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. It takes a special type of person to become the partner of a high-powered tech executive: From long week...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Hong Kong, Elon Musk, New York, Instagram, Microsoft, Steve Jobs, Stanford, India, Satya Nadella, New York City, Disney


Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk have feuded for over a decade about space travel. Here are 9 rivalries between some of the world's biggest tech CEOs.

While there are many close friendships among tech CEOs in Silicon Valley, there are plenty of feuds, too.  Some appear to be friendly rivalries — like Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff and Oracle CEO Larry Ellison — but others have become more contentious.  Tim Cook and Mark Zuckerberg, for example, have been openly feuding for years, while Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos have made digs at each other over outer space.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Silicon Valley is a breeding ground...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Spacex, Elon Musk, Cook, Jobs, Instagram, Microsoft, Steve Jobs, Washington, Time, Trends, Tesla


The adorable dogs owned by the most powerful tech executives, from Mark Zuckerberg to Elon Musk

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is the owner of an adorable fluffy dog named Beast, but he isn't the only tech executive with a furry friend. Studies show that dogs can help reduce stress levels and boost productivity, so they make ideal companions for tech moguls running billion-dollar companies. These are some of the most powerful dogs in Silicon Valley. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. With company cultures that celebrate — and even encourage — employees bringing their dog...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, Instagram, Microsoft, Boston, Satya Nadella, San Francisco, Trends, Long, David, Alaska, New York Times, Zynga, Marvin


Tech billionaire Elon Musk and musician Grimes are expecting a baby together. Here's where their relationship began and everything that's happened since. (TSLA)

Tesla CEO Elon Musk and musician Grimes have been dating since 2018, when they made their debut as a couple at the annual Met Gala.  The couple has weathered ups and downs, like Musk's infamous "funding secured" tweet.  Now, Grimes and Musk are having a baby together and are due in May. Here's how their relationship has progressed since 2018.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Elon Musk and the musician Grimes took both the business and music worlds by surprise in 2018 when...
Tags: Google, Twitter, Elon Musk, Instagram, Banks, China, Los Angeles, Trends, Tesla, Azealia Banks, Shanghai, TSLA, SEC, Grimes, Mars, Rolling Stone


From Facebook to Tesla, here are the lesser-known cofounders of some of the biggest tech companies in the world

Most of the world's most famous tech entrepreneurs had help building their companies. And while Mark Zuckerberg's and Steve Job's cofounders didn't all become household names, they're still credited with bringing Facebook and Apple to life. Tesla, for instance, had four cofounders, and none of them were Elon Musk.  And Jack Dorsey is one of four people who helped create Twitter. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. When a tech company reaches a certain level of success, the nam...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Elon Musk, Instagram, Microsoft, Steve Jobs, Ebay, Stanford, Singapore, Biz, US, NFL


Inside the turbulent personal life of Elon Musk, who's dated Hollywood stars, has 5 sons, and may be expecting another baby with musician Grimes

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk seems to prefer keeping his personal life under wraps.  It wasn't until 2017 that he opened up in an intensely candid Rolling Stone profile. Musk discussed topics he usually doesn't, from his breakup with actress Amber Heard to his strained relationship with his father. Musk has had a stormy personal life at times. He's been through two divorces and is estranged from his father, who made headlines in 2018 after it was reported he had a child with his 30-year-old ...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Hollywood, Instagram, California, Time, Los Angeles, Trends, Tesla, Marie Claire, Reddit, Alexis Ohanian, Grimes, Nevada, Rolling Stone, Serena Williams


Jeff Bezos just pledged to spend $10 billion to fight climate change. Here's how the richest person in the world makes and spends his billions.

Jeff Bezos, the wealthiest person alive, has pledged to spend $10 billion to fight climate change. Bezos became nearly $2 billion richer after selling some of his Amazon stock earlier this month. As Amazon's founder and CEO, Bezos was the first person in modern history to accumulate a fortune of over $100 billion — and he currently has a net worth of $130 billion, Bloomberg estimates. He spends his fortune on real estate across the US, a $65 million Gulfstream Jet, and his space exploration co...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Post, Elon Musk, Instagram, Yahoo, California, La, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Bloomberg, Nasa, Earth, Washington Dc, Bill Gates


Elon Musk took a victory lap after his weird EDM song broke the top 10 on SoundCloud

Elon Musk's song "Don't Doubt ur Vibe" made SoundCloud's top 10, joining the likes of Roddy Ricch and the late Juice WRLD. The song has 2.6 million streams after being released on the platform less than a week ago. In light of his new SoundCloud fame, the tech giant changed his Twitter bio to "SoundCloud Rock Star," then to emojis of a music note, a cloud, and a crown. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Tech billionaire Elon Musk is celebrating the success of his unusual EDM...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Instagram, US, Trends, Grimes, Jeff Bezos, Musk, Don, Roddy Ricch, SoundCloud Rock Star, Emo G Records Musk s Don t Doubt



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