Jeff Bezos' net worth jumped $2.6 billion this week, reaching a record high of $66.5 billion after Amazon reported strong quarterly earnings on Thursday.
Bezos, 52, ended the day as the world’s third-richest person, surpassing investor Warren Buffett of Berkshire Hathaway, Forbes reported
Amazon beat analyst estimates, posting a quarterly profit of $1.78 per share, compared with estimates of $1.11 per share.
The spike in Bezos' net-worth follows an even bigger increase after the first quarter, when his net worth rose by $6 billion following Amazon’s first quarter earnings report, Forbes said.
Bezos trails Spain’s Amancio Ortega, the founder of the clothing retailer Zara, and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates on the list of the world's richest people. Ortega and Gates have a net worth of $73 billion and $89 billion, respectively, Fortune magazine reported
On Thursday, Bezos' wealth had risen $5.4 billion for the year to $65.05 billion, after falling to $43 billion in February, Bloomberg reported
. Thursday's rise put Bezos $32 million above Buffett on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. The gap continued to increase after Thursday's market close.
Buffett has donated about $2.2 billion worth of stock this month to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Bezos owns about 18 percent of Amazon. The company's stock has risen about 50 percent since February, Reuters reported
Many Twitter users reacted positively to the shift in the ranking of world's richest people.
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