Bezos — the world’s second-richest person, behind Tesla CEO Elon Musk — will later this year become Amazon’s executive chair. He will focus on “the Day 1 Fund, the Bezos Earth Fund, Blue Origin, The Washington Post, and my other passions,” the businessman wrote in a note to employees on Tuesday.
Wits on social media found the funny in the news, cracking jokes about Bezos’ reported $182 billion wealth and referencing criticisms that have been leveled at his company over the years.
Others imagined how Bezos’ delivered his resignation letter and how he’d received his leaving gift:
I have some jokes about Jeff Bezos stepping down as Amazon CEO but it’ll be delivered in 2 days.
— Mariana Sun 🔆 (@MarianaSun) February 2, 2021
Jeff Bezos is stepping down as CEO of Amazon later this year. Or tomorrow, if you’re a member of Amazon Prime.
— paul bassett davies (@thewritertype) February 2, 2021
Jeff Bezos delivered his resignation letter in a box that would fit a washing machine.
— Chris Jones (@EnswellJones) February 2, 2021
Jeff Bezos is planning to step down as Amazon CEO by fall but will move the date up to Thursday if you upgrade to Prime shipping.
— Ricky Rocksteady (@RocksteadyRicky) February 2, 2021
My 2-day Amazon Prime package took three days to get to me and now Jeff Bezos is out of a job. In other words, don’t fuck with me.
— Just Bill (@WilliamAder) February 2, 2021
can’t believe jeff bezos is willing to go job hunting in this economy
— Justin “Hoops” McElroy (@JustinMcElroy) February 2, 2021
Jeff Bezos is retiring while he’s in the AMAZON PRIME of his life, BOOM where is my Oscar
— Brian Lynch (@BrianLynch) February 2, 2021
I started writing a joke about Jeff Bezos and I’ll finish it just as soon as I’m done opening these packages.
— Stabbatha Christy (@LoveNLunchmeat) February 2, 2021
[Amazon Head Office]
JEFF BEZOS: Here is my resignation as CEO
BOARD MEMBER: Ok, thanks
JEFF BEZOS: I see you’ve liked my resignation. Perhaps you’d like these other resignations
— Todd ‘Papi’ Carlos (@TheToddWilliams) February 2, 2021
I had a great Jeff Bezos joke but it got lost in my extremely cheap third party delivery system.
— Chris Carfizzi (@ChrisCarfizzi) February 2, 2021
Can’t believe me canceling my Amazon prime membership made Jeff bezos step down ?! The power I have 😴
— 🌼JF🌼 (@__Pocaaaa) February 2, 2021
CARRIE [V.O.]: As I read the Jeff Bezos news, I realized *I* was in a leadership transition of my own — I was no longer the CEO of my heart.
I couldn’t help but wonder: was my relationship with Big finally past its Prime? pic.twitter.com/nHaXzYnCSo
— Spencer Barrett (@spencerbarrett) February 2, 2021
It makes sense Jeff Bezos is quitting. I’ve heard Amazon is brutal to work for.
— Sridhar Ramesh (@RadishHarmers) February 2, 2021