Since creating his online bookseller in 1994, Amazon's founder and chief executive has turned the company into the biggest retailer on the Web, with annual sales of more than $48 billion. In 2007, Bezos introduced the Kindle electronic book reader. It's now Amazon's top-selling item. The company is also a leading provider of cloud computer services.
They shape economies, move markets, do deals -- and change the world. They hold sway by virtue of the money they manage, the companies they control, the policies they enact and the ideas they propound. The people on the third annual 50 Most Influential list, to be published in the October issue of Bloomberg Markets magazine, command attention as masters of the global financial system.
Power is the theme in U.S. business books this season. There are power authors -- including Henry M. Paulson Jr. and Alan Greenspan -- and books about firms like McKinsey & Co. and Amazon.com. Here are some of the highlights:
Canadian newspaper stocks including Postmedia Network Canada Corp. are the worst-performing in North America, with no sign of the buyout bids from billionaires such as Jeff Bezos that have stoked their U.S. peers.
Don Graham, chairman of Washington Post Co., agreed to an in-person interview at the Washington Post’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. He discussed how the Graham family decided on the Post’s sale to Jeff Bezos, the founder and chief executive officer of Amazon.con Inc. and the billionaire’s vision for the future of the newspaper. This is an edited transcript of the questions and his replies.