Could Amazon founder Jeff Bezos' fortune be divided amongst all earthlings, netting each of us $1 billion and leaving Bezos still wealthy? No, that's not true: Assuming it could all be reduced to cash, Bezos' net worth distributed equally to every person on Earth would yield about $27 per person. The meme making the math-illiterate $1 billion-per-person claim appears to mock a debunked meme that circulated in November 2020 that missed several orders of magnitude in calculating how to confiscate Bezos' fortune for the benefit of all, and another that mixed up numbers in declaring that Bezos could pay for all planet-saving climate programs and still be a wealthy man.
There is 7.8 billion people on earth. If he gave everyone on this planet $1 Billion, he would still have $177.5 Billion. This is why we must #TaxTheRich.
This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:
(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Wed Aug 25 23:58:18 2021 UTC)
The giveaway that this meme is meant to mock is the use of a picture of comic actor Frankie Muniz with the caption: "Wow, I can't find a flaw in his logic." The photo dates back to Muniz' starring role in "Malcom In The Middle" in which he played the brainy middle child in a family of goofballs ruled by a control-freak mother. Muniz character narrated the show, often pointing out dumb things his family members had done.
The meme is similarly harebrained and the numbers are a moving target, as the value of Amazon fluctuates and the population grows every minute of the day.
Using the full numbers, Bezos's fortune is $211,000,000,000 and Earth's population is estimated at 7,888,720,972 (and counting). Divide Bezos' fortune by the population and you'd have 26.7470481906, or approximately $26.75 for every resident of Earth.