Ann Hiatt, who shared a now well-known anecdote about Amazon founder Jeff Bezos when he stepped down as CEO of the company, has a thriving consulting business of her own. Hiatt, who is the former assistant to top Silicon Valley executives, including Bezos and former Google and Alphabet executive Eric Schmidt, is a consultant, speaker, and author who has likely netted a fortune through her work.
Drawing on her years of experience working with the industry's most renowned executives, Hiatt speaks around the world and shares business and leadership secrets via her blog, podcast, and book, Bet On Yourself: Recognize, Own, and Implement Breakthrough Opportunities.
Here's what we know about the woman who personally handled Bezos's schedule and the successful business she has built for herself.
How much is Jeff Bezos's former assistant, Ann Hiatt worth?
Ann Hiatt's exact net worth isn't known, though she likely earns a decent income given the people and companies she has worked with. She has formed a consultant firm in which she helps “high performing CEOs obtain their ultimate dreams through strategic decision making.” Hiatt says she only works with up to five clients at a time in order to focus on their needs.
Hiatt published her book, Bet On Yourself: Recognize, Own, and Implement Breakthrough Opportunities in October 2021. Her podcast, Bet On Yourself by Ann Hiatt, started in September 2020 and ran for five series.
How long did Ann Hiatt work for Jeff Bezos?
Though it was years ago, Hiatt may be best known for working as Jeff Bezos's executive assistant from 2002 until 2005. In a CNBC Make It article, she shared details about the interview experience that resulted in her being hired at Amazon.
According to Hiatt, she had no experience working with a CEO and no computer science background. She applied to the position at Amazon anyway, figuring it would be good to explore her options. The interview process included multiple rounds and sometimes back-to-back daylong interviews with top leadership at Amazon. After a few months, she was asked to come for a final interview, not realizing she would meet with Bezos himself.
Hiatt explained the two questions Bezos asked her in that interview. The first was what he called a “brainteaser” and asked her to estimate the total number of glass panes in the city of Seattle. Together, Hiatt led the strategizing while Bezos did the calculations.
Hiatt wrote that she thought to herself, “He wants to see the way my mind works. He wants to see me break down a complicated problem into small, manageable steps.” After figuring out that problem, he also asked about her career goals.
According to Hiatt, she responded by describing her admiration for the ambition and passion of Amazon’s employees and that she wanted to be like them. “I knew the importance of being consistently outside of my comfort zone. I wanted to jump into an astronomical learning and growth curve.”
She was hired just after the interview and worked with Bezos until 2005. Hiatt has compared Bezos to a “puppy” that never gets tired, telling the media that he used to climb 14 flights of stairs to get to his Amazon office rather than take the elevator.