Jeff Bezos is not just the richest man in the world, but he has also built an incredible business that is without precedent in the history of global capitalism. His ability to shape everything from the future of work to the future of commerce to the future of technology itself is examined in this film. As politicians and regulators from around the world start to consider the global impact of Amazon this two-hour PBS FRONTLINE special sets about investigating the e-commerce giant, questioning those who run the company, and past employees who no longer work there in order to gain some insight into the inner workings of the company.
In May 2019 Jeff Bezos, the richest person on the planet, unveiled his latest invention, Blue Moon. A robotic space cargo carrier and lander for making cargo deliveries to the Moon. Designed and operated by Blue Origin for use on a mission aimed for 2024, Blue Moon derives from the vertical landing technology used in Blue Origin’s New Shepard sub-orbital rocket. Jeff Bezos has stated many times that he feels the most important work he is doing is the work that is related to space. It is a plan to chart a new course for the future of humanity. However, Bezos unveiled his extra-terrestrial plans at a time of growing concern about the empire he has built here on Earth.
For more than 25 years (Amazon was founded in 1994) Jeff Bezos has been disrupting and transforming almost every aspect of our modern lives, but in recent years Amazon and Bezos have come under scrutiny for their aggressive tactics and expanding power, not to mention how they treat their own staff. For the past year, FRONTLINE has been conducting an investigation into how Jeff Bezos managed to build such an empire, and at what cost?
Directed by: James Jacoby