Since its creation in 1994, Amazon has grown far beyond books. It’s become almost synonymous with online shopping, while building a large physical footprint of warehouses and stores, a workforce of more than 600,000 people and a cloud business used extensively by the U.S. government, among others.
Amazon is not the dominant player in many of its sectors. But its range has helped it become the second most-valuable U.S. company, behind only Apple. A rumor of Amazon’s interest in a new field can send that industry into a stock market whirlwind. Below is a snapshot of many of the dozens of companies or divisions that Amazon owns and operates, showing its reach is far and wide.
Carolyn Adolph from NPR member station KUOW contributed to this report.Share