Jeff Bezos is the richest person in the world

Jeff Bezos now richer than Bill Gates ever was; becomes richest person in history

According to Bloomberg's daily billionaire index, Bezos' net worth reached US$105.1 billion Monday.

Amazon has delivered a big prize to its CEO Jeff Bezos, who is now the richest person on Earth.

Bezos and Gates have been fighting for the top spot for a while; Bezos was briefly the richest man in the world in July, before his share prices dropped a few hours later. Had he held on to that money, his net worth today would be well over $150 billion.

Bezos, now the richest person in history, gets the majority of his net worth from the almost 80 million Amazon shares he owns.

The Microsoft founder is now worth $91.9 billion according to Forbes, and $93.3 billion by Bloomberg.

Amazon's share price, and therefore Bezos' net worth, has jumped significantly since September. Bezos is also the owner of the Washington Post and Blue Origin, a private space travel company.

He moved back ahead of Gates in November when he first crossed the $100 billion net worth mark, as Amazon stock performed very well during the holiday period.

Still, of those individuals whose wealth is publicly traceable, Bezos is the richest person alive. Shares of Amazon climbed 1.4% Monday, adding about $1.4 billion to his net worth.



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