‘Jeff Bezos is So Rich … ‘: Amazon CEO Called Out During Oscars Opening

‘Jeff Bezos is So Rich … ‘: Amazon CEO Called Out During Oscars Opening

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos was back in attendance at the Academy Awards on Sunday night and even though there was no official host, comedians Steve Martin and Chris Rock took notice in a monologue that opened the show.

"Jeff Bezos is here!" Rock said. "Great actor," Martin replied as the camera caught Bezos.

"He's got cash. When he writes a check the bank bounces," Rock said before three more jokes came the way of the billionaire Bezos.


"Jeff Bezos is so rich, he got divorced and he's still the richest man in the world!" Rock said. "He saw 'Marriage Story' and thought it was a comedy," he added, about the Oscar-nominated movie starring Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson.The camera caught Bezos laughing along before Rock and Martin wrapped things up.

"Steve do you have anything you want to add about Mr. Bezos?" Rock asked.

"No, I like getting my packages on time," Martin said.

Bezos is a semi-regular at film and television awards events these days, thanks to the strength of offerings from Amazon Studios.

Amazon got one Oscar nomination this year, for "Les Miserables," a French film competing in the Best International Feature category. Amazon won three Oscars in 2017 — a first for a streaming service.

This story originally appeared on GeekWire.

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Ben Bergman

Ben Bergman is the newsroom's senior finance reporter. Previously he was a senior business reporter and host at KPCC, a senior producer at Gimlet Media, a producer at NPR's Morning Edition, and produced two investigative documentaries for KCET. He has been a frequent on-air contributor to business coverage on NPR and Marketplace and has written for The New York Times and Columbia Journalism Review. Ben was a 2017-2018 Knight-Bagehot Fellow in Economic and Business Journalism at Columbia Business School. In his free time, he enjoys skiing, playing poker, and cheering on The Seattle Seahawks.

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