Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, and Ken Griffin have sounded the alarm on a looming US recession, joining a chorus of CEOs, investors, and academics predicting a prolonged economic downturn.
Carl Icahn, Jamie Dimon, and Charlie Munger are also bracing for the economy to shrink and unemployment to spike. These experts have flagged numerous growth headwinds, including the Federal Reserve hiking interest rates to cool red-hot inflation, and the Russia-Ukraine war and China’s ongoing lockdowns disrupting global trade.
Here are 12 recent recession warnings, lightly edited for length and clarity:
1. Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s founder and executive chairman:
“The economy does not look great right now. Things are slowing down, you’re seeing layoffs in many, many sectors. The probabilities say if we’re not in a recession right now, we’re likely to be in one very soon. Take as much risk off the table as you can. Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.”
“The probabilities in this economy tell you to batten down the hatches.”
2. Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, SpaceX, and Twitter:
“There’s going to be probably a year or two of serious recession.”
“Frankly, the economic picture ahead is dire, especially for a company like ours that is so dependent on advertising in a challenging economic climate.”