Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is world's richest person

Posted January 10, 2018

The only others to surpass Gates as the world's richest person were Warren Buffett and Mexican business mogul Carlos Slim.

Shares in Amazon hit an all-time high on Monday, which lifted Bezos' net worth to a record $105.1billion, according to Bloomberg. According to CNN, he owns 78.9 million shares of Amazon. The Amazon founder passed Gates in October with a net worth of $93.8 billion and his fortune crossed $100 billion for the first time a month later when the holiday shopping season kicked off on Black Friday.

Shares of Amazon are up almost 7% so far in this year after rising 56% in 2017.

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Bezos surpassed Gates in October a year ago with a net worth of $93.8 billion and his fortune crossed $100 billion for the first time a month later when the holiday shopping season kicked off on Black Friday. That eclipses the record previously held by Microsoft founder Bill Gates, who is now in second place with a net worth of $93.3 billion.

The boss of Amazon and owner of the Washington Post, was the seventh person to be crowned the world's richest person (in July) since Forbes began tracking the wealthy in 1987. That would put his net worth at more than $150 billion.