Jeff Bezos is the richest person in history

Robyn Valdez
January 10, 2018

Bezos was awarded the title of world's richest individual back in July, narrowly edging out Bill Gates for the honour. His net worth on Monday reached $105.1 billion on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos worth is now more than that of Microsoft CEO Bill Gates. Bezos first made the Forbes 400 list in 1998, with a net worth of $1.6 billion, shortly after his internet company went public.

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Forbes, another publication that tracks the net worth of the world's richest people, also has Bezos in the top position with a net worth of $104.5 billion.

Amazon's share price, and therefore Bezos' net worth, has jumped significantly since September.

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Shares of Amazon are up almost 7% so far in this year after rising 56% in 2017. Shares of Amazon rose by 1.4 percent Monday, adding about $1.4 billion to Bezo's net worth, CNN reported. Bezos also owns Blue Origin, a travel business that intends to take tourists to explore space and the Washington Post newspaper. Forbes reports that with inflation, that would be worth around a whopping $150 billion.

Bezos came under fire previous year when The New York Times questioned his level of philanthropic giving.

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