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Jeff Bezos Briefly World's Richest Person Over Bill Gates

Jeff Bezos Briefly World's Richest Person Over Bill Gates

Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon and founder of Blue Origin, speaks during the Access Intelligence's SATELLITE 2017 conference at the Washington Convention center on March 7, 2017 in Washington, D.C. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

By    |   Thursday, 27 July 2017 03:53 PM

Jeff Bezos briefly overtook Microsoft CEO Bill Gates to become the richest person in the world Thursday morning with a net worth of $90.6 billion after Amazon stock rose 1.6 percent and added $1.4 billion to his net worth.

Although Amazon’s stock dipped as the day went on and took Bezos’ net worth back below Gates’, it’s only a matter of time before the Amazon CEO, who owns nearly 17 percent of Amazon stock, makes it back to the top of the list.

Gates is currently worth $90.1 billion, about $500 million less than Bezos was Thursday morning, according to Forbes. The Microsoft CEO has held the title of richest person for 18 of the last 23 years despite giving away $31.1 billion through his foundation over several years.

Bezos started Amazon in 1994 as an online bookseller, and it has grown into an internet retail powerhouse that has taken significant market share from brick and mortar retailers in recent years.

Here are the top 10 richest people in the world, according to Forbes, as of Thursday afternoon.

1. Bill Gates, $89.7 billion.

2. Jeff Bezos, $88.7 billion.

3. Amancio Ortega, $83.5 billion, giant European clothing retailer and real estate mogul.

4. Warren Buffet, $74.3 billion, stock investor and guru.

5. Mark Zuckerberg, $70.8 billion, CEO and founder of Facebook.

6. Carlos Slim Helu, $68.8 billion, Mexican telecom giant.

7. Larry Ellison, $52.2 billion, co-founder of software giant Oracle.

8. Michael Bloomberg, $53.3 billion, financial services, mass media, and software company owner.

9. Bernard Arnault, $53.2 billion, French luxury goods magnate and investor.

10. Charles Koch, $48.5 billion, CEO of Koch industries, with sales in oil pipelines and various other products.

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Jeff Bezos briefly overtook Microsoft CEO Bill Gates to become the richest person in the world Thursday morning with a net worth of $90.6 billion after Amazon stock rose 1.6 percent and added $1.4 billion to his net worth.
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