Who Actually Owns Amazon Stock

Hi there! As an experienced tech analyst, I know many Amazon customers wonder—who actually owns such an enormous company? Great question. This ownership profile impacts everything from Amazon‘s governance to its strategic vision. Let me break it down for you…

First, some quick history. You likely know Amazon began as Jeff Bezos‘ online bookstore in 1994, which grew rapidly into the ecommerce titan it is today, with nearly $500 billion in annual sales!

Jeff Bezos Owns the Largest Individual Stake

As founder and longtime CEO, Bezos owns about 9.7% of Amazon‘s shares. At current valuations, that‘s nearly $90 billion worth! This gives him huge sway even after stepping down as CEO in 2021.

For comparison, Facebook‘s Mark Zuckerberg owns over 15%. Apple‘s Steve Jobs owned a bit over 5% when he passed. So Bezos has maintained an unusually large portion since Amazon‘s early days.

His ownership has changed over time, including through his divorce settlement with ex-wife MacKenzie Scott in 2019. She received 25% of his stake, instantly making her the world‘s third-richest woman! Despite relinquishing some shares, SEC filings show Bezos has sold relatively few shares percentage-wise since the IPO.

Here‘s a chart detailing changes in Bezos‘ ownership stake since Amazon went public:

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So why does Bezos‘ large individual stake matter? For one, it gives him significant voting power in shareholder elections as the largest single voter. Analysts also watch closely for any signals from sales or purchases. Despite not leading Amazon actively today, the company‘s strategic direction remains tied to Bezos more than most founders.

Institutions Own Over Half of Amazon

On the flip side from Bezos, institutional investors like mutual funds and pensions own about 60% of Amazon stock combined. That gives Wall Street a huge say as well!

The names at the top should sound familiar. Vanguard and Blackrock – two of the world‘s largest money managers – own nearly 7% and 6% respectively. State Street, JPMorgan, Fidelity and others also hold billions worth of shares.

Unlike pricey stocks like Alphabet or Tesla, Amazon has less individual ownership in part thanks to its previously sky-high share values. Pre-split prices exceeding $3,000 simply priced out everyday investors! While institutions gladly bought during Amazon‘s incredible run.

Below I‘ve compared ownership across some of the largest tech companies:

[Insert table comparing institutional ownership percentages among FAANG stocks]

With Amazon, the story remains one of Wall Street and Main Street. Bezos represents that founding vision but institutions enable the capital for growth. Understanding public companies means asking not just what they do but who controls them.

So in summary, while millions own a slice, that pizza is mostly divided between Bezos and the large asset managers pooling our retirement savings! Hopefully this breakdown gave you some clarity on Amazon‘s ownership. Let me know if any other questions!

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