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Calculate how many seconds it takes Jeff Bezos to earn your annual salary

Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk each earn the average working stiff’s annual salary in less than a minute.

Calculate how many seconds it takes Jeff Bezos to earn your annual salary
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We all know that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is among the wealthiest people on the planet. He added a cool $13 billion to his net worth in a single day when shares of the company surged.

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But have you ever stopped to figure out how long it would take him to earn what you do? The team at SimpleTexting created a calculator that allows you to put in your annual salary (or your outstanding student loan debt or mortgage) and see the comparison. You can also see how much they earn each year, day, hour, and minute (if you really want to flog yourself).

The results are especially startling when you realize that the average American worker between the ages of 35-54 brings home around $59,000 a year, according to the most recent data from the BLS compiled by SmartAsset. Mark Zuckerberg adds that amount to his net worth in less than 15 minutes.

SimpleTexting kept the list of CEOs confined to top tech moguls such as Tim Cook at Apple, Susan Wojcicki of YouTube, Microsoft’s Satya Nadella, and a handful of others. You can have their calculator do the math here, but don’t say we didn’t warn you.

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About the author

Lydia Dishman is a reporter writing about the intersection of tech, leadership, and innovation. She is a regular contributor to Fast Company and has written for CBS Moneywatch, Fortune, The Guardian, Popular Science, and the New York Times, among others.

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