- TitlePresident, CEO, and Chairman
Two years ago, Fortune made Bezos Businessperson of the Year, and for good reason: Amazon dominated e-commerce, the book industry, and web services. But 2014 has not been especially kind to the online retail giant. Amazon Web Services growth slowed over the summer. The company also invoked controversy when it instigated a pricing squabble with book publisher Hachette. And its first smartphone bombed. Investors are concerned: the company’s stock is down 26% from its all-time high.
Still, Amazon continues to see robust revenue growth, pouring much of its cash into smart bets for the future. Earlier this year, it purchased the popular video game streaming site Twitch for $1.1 billion. Amazon spent over $100 million during its third quarter on original video content, such as the critically acclaimed original TV series “Transparent” with “Arrested Development” actor Jeffrey Tambor. —JP Mangalindan