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Does Jeff Bezos get anything he wants on Amazon for free?

Answer 1
Garrick Saito
, stockholder for a number of years


As chief executive officer of Amazon, it wouldn't be too surprising if the answer was yes.

However, the answer is no, he's never taken (and not paid for) any products from Amazon, from what I can see.

If he did, it would be a matter of public information for the world to see.

He gets paid an extremely modest salary, no bonus, no stock compensation and his W-2 is dinged for ($1.6M) personal security related services the company provides on his behalf.

As the leader of the largest online retailer on the planet, it doesn't really set a good example for the others if you just take whatever you like.


Answer 2

Gideon Shavit, Software Engineer at Amazon


Yes, but not in the way you’re thinking.

First of all, I don’t know this for sure, but I’m almost certain that Bezos wouldn’t dream of “getting” stuff from without paying. It’s entirely contrary to his personal and business philosophy, which is largely libertarian and very frugal. I think he would find the idea offensive.

So why did I say “yes”?

Think about it this way. Take an upper-middle-class top-10-percentile dude whose net worth is a million dollars. If you told him that something cost one cent, he would consider that essentially free: if you need a cent, you just dig under the car seat or in the sofa.

Well, Jeff Bezos’s net worth is well north of 100 billion dollars. That’s 100,000 times higher than poor Joe’s. Joe’s one cent is equivalent to $1,000 for Bezos. Since the vast majority of items on Amazon are under $1,000, if Bezos wants something from the site, he just has to lift the sofa cushions and fish around for some loose change.

To him, it’s all basically free.


Answer 3
Michael Margolies
, worked at Amazon


Garrick is right but fails to add that he gets a lot of services free, company transportation, travel, lodging, meals, etc. many events he attends are covered as PR expenses so he doesn't pay for any of that.

Some companies I have worked for had a difference employee discount for the low ranking vs the top executives. I don’t know if that is the case with Amazon as I never reached that upper level. However, if he is subject to the same meager discount the regular employees get then he’s not really getting much at all even at a discount.

But as the richest person in the world why would he need to get anything for free? He already owns everything.