Verge: Jeff Bezos bought the most expensive property in LA with an eighth of a percent of his net worth

Saucycarpdog

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According to The Wall Street Journal, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has reportedly just bought the most expensive property in Los Angeles from David Geffen, another unimaginably wealthy man, for $165 million. (It’s the Warner Estate, which spreads out over nine acres in Beverly Hills.) That’s a wild amount of money for anything — I mean, aside from a 747? — but especially for a place you might presumably live in. (Bezos spent around $80 million on a few New York apartments earlier this year, so it’s not clear where his five-foot, seven-inch frame will primarily reside.) For context, $165 million is an eighth of a percent of Bezos’ $131.9 billion net worth.

The Warner Estate was designed in the 1930s for Jack Warner, who was the former president of Warner Bros.; it took a decade to construct, and has terraces, guest houses, a tennis court, and a golf course. That’s a lot of house. Dang!
I'm curious how much Bezos paid on his taxes considering his company is great at avoiding them.
It is probably important to note here that Amazon paid zero dollars in federal income tax on $11 billion in before-tax profit in 2018; this year, it will pay out $162 million on $13.3 billion in profit — a whopping 1.2 percent effective tax rate.
 

nsilvias

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Oct 25, 2017
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why cant rich people ever seem to buy normal shit like the rest of us?
no one needs property like that
 

Galkinator

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Oct 27, 2017
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Cool the most expensive house in LA is like buying groceries for him


Not really cool
 
Feb 1, 2018
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Overpriced tbh, 100M of that is literally just the address

It’ll keep appreciating though. there’s literally no room left in LA for these types of properties + it’s likely a very profitable short term rental house and filming location
 

Zhengi

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Oct 28, 2017
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So he paid $3 million more for his home than Amazon paid in federal taxes.

At least his property tax bill to California will be something.
 

Genesius

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I’ll never understand how someone with that much wealth wouldn’t want to be remembered as one of the world’s greatest heroes for all time. He could solve student debt, fund public schools, aid Flint’s water crisis, etc etc w/o breaking a sweat.
 

Aizō

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Oct 25, 2017
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That's disgusting.
I’ll never understand how someone with that much wealth wouldn’t want to be remembered as one of the world’s greatest heroes for all time. He could solve student debt, fund public schools, aid Flint’s water crisis, etc etc w/o breaking a sweat.
I don't get it either, but money changes people. It changes the way you think. He's just not a good enough person to avoid changing more for self-interest. I remember thinking as a kid that if I won the lottery when I was older, I'd give away more than half. That's me as a kid. I think if I had that much money, I'd feel sick to my stomach with myself.
 

TaySan

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Meanwhile they are thousands of homeless in my city. No one needs this type of wealth ever.
 

zethren

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Oct 29, 2017
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Ya know, I read a headline like this. And I read about Bloomberg's ridiculous spending in the 2020 election. And I just think, ya know? What's the point. These people have so much money they can do anything, and nobody can stop them. Shit's just gettin' worse, too.
 

Trieu

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Okay I have to admit I giggled a bit about the fact that they decided to include his height next to all the gigantic money figures in this one.
 

Palette Swap

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Oct 25, 2017
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Can’t wait for the day these people realize “tax the rich” is a benevolent program they should get on with, because the alternative is to eat them.


Ya know, I read a headline like this. And I read about Bloomberg's ridiculous spending in the 2020 election. And I just think, ya know? What's the point. These people have so much money they can do anything, and nobody can stop them. Shit's just gettin' worse, too.
Yeah, it’s a learned helplessness, and it’s fucked up.
 

Dyle

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Oct 25, 2017
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For reference you could buy Jack Warner's brother Harry's estate for a measly $39 million

 

Cation

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Oct 28, 2017
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Lol that house alone isnt worth that much. Kinda shows how ridiculous LA pricing is for the richest man to spend 8% of his net worth on a house. That’s significant af for one property. dafuq
 

The Albatross

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As a future billionaire myself, I have to protect the billionaire class here and make one small revision.

article byline is: "If you make $60,000 a year, that’s like spending $75 on a house"

Jeff Bezos does not make $131b (his net worth) in a year. It's kind of tough to calculate what he actually makes in a year because his net worth is all based on his ownership stake in his company, Amazon which is valuable partly because of his ownership stake in it. I'd imagine he doesn't take much regular pay from Amazon, and lives off of dividends, right? As a future billionaire I have to figure out how the payment model works.

There's not enough written about Jeff Bezos' crazy eye.



You can't convince me he works any harder than anyone on this thread.

This is straight up wrong.
He definitely works harder than me. I spent a non trivial amount of time today arguing about the character motivations of John Marston in a 10 year old videogame.
 
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Shoeless

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I’ll never understand how someone with that much wealth wouldn’t want to be remembered as one of the world’s greatest heroes for all time. He could solve student debt, fund public schools, aid Flint’s water crisis, etc etc w/o breaking a sweat.
I'm still trying to pinpoint the exact moment in my nerd youth when I finally realized that no millionaire/billionaire was actually going to dress as a bat to fight crime, shoot arrows to fight crime, or build an advanced personal mech/battlesuit to fly around and fight crime.

Comics taught me that all these people with these funds would use them for good, then reality was like... yeah, sorry kid...
 

Trickster

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Oct 25, 2017
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I would probably do the same if I were in his position not gonna lie. However obviously you're not gonna become very popular by flaunting your wealth like this
 

Kurita

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I’ll never understand how someone with that much wealth wouldn’t want to be remembered as one of the world’s greatest heroes for all time. He could solve student debt, fund public schools, aid Flint’s water crisis, etc etc w/o breaking a sweat.
It’s a mystery.
All these motherfuckers could team up to make the world a MUCH MUCH better place.

What’s the point of buying this? To sell it later for a few more millions you don’t even need?
 
Feb 1, 2018
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I’ll never understand how someone with that much wealth wouldn’t want to be remembered as one of the world’s greatest heroes for all time. He could solve student debt, fund public schools, aid Flint’s water crisis, etc etc w/o breaking a sweat.
His ego (gotta have a bigger house than elon) is worth more to him than solving any global issues
 

Tobor

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I’ll never understand how someone with that much wealth wouldn’t want to be remembered as one of the world’s greatest heroes for all time. He could solve student debt, fund public schools, aid Flint’s water crisis, etc etc w/o breaking a sweat.
My assumption has always been that the drive and psychosis needed to be successful on that level requires a lack of empathy and humility.

What makes you that rich is what keeps you from being that good.

There are always exceptions, of course, but as a rule...
 

Rover

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The purchase, which was reported by The Wall Street Journal, is only .00125% of Bezos's $131 billion net worth - the equivalent of the average American family buying a home for $122.

(They did the math wrong in this quote, lol)
 

zethren

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Oct 29, 2017
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I’ll never understand how someone with that much wealth wouldn’t want to be remembered as one of the world’s greatest heroes for all time. He could solve student debt, fund public schools, aid Flint’s water crisis, etc etc w/o breaking a sweat.
Because the kind of person it takes to accumulate this kind of wealth is not the same kind of person that would want to do those things. More than likely.
 

Sendero

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Honestly, for being among the richest persons in the world, that property does not look particularly interesting.
Would never choose LA (or USA for that matters) as main residence, either.

But sure, as an valuable asset, it might be ok.
 

pj-

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I’ll never understand how someone with that much wealth wouldn’t want to be remembered as one of the world’s greatest heroes for all time. He could solve student debt, fund public schools, aid Flint’s water crisis, etc etc w/o breaking a sweat.
If he "solved" student loan debt, he'd have about negative 870 billion dollars left over to tackle those other problems you mentioned
 

mutantmagnet

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Oct 28, 2017
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why cant rich people ever seem to buy normal shit like the rest of us?
no one needs property like that
Having an estate is useful. You now have the option to do things in private that the rest of us have to use a public setting for. It is also improves your security as a super wealthy individual.

Does Bezos need an estate that big? Probably not but the idea of having huge swaths of land to cordon off for yourself has some merit.