The Future Again Believes Jeff Bezos Is the Richest Man on Earth

Neal Hamberg  Bloomberg | Getty Images

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According to a report, Bill and Melinda Gates together have donated at least $35 billion since 1994.

Amazon reported some very impressive third quarter earnings recently, with a little bit more than three quarters of a billion dollars earned over the course of just three months, and as a result the company was blessed with a 13.5 percent jump in stock market value on Friday.

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Amazon stocks rose by more than 8 percent higher than Thursday's close, making Bezos almost $7 billion richer overnight.

At the close of USA markets on Friday, Mr Bezos had a net worth of US$93.8 billion, US$5.1 billion ahead of Mr Gates on the Bloomberg index, a daily ranking of the world's 500 richest people. He made more than $10 billion from the one-day stock surge and is now worth well over $90 billion. Bezos had $83.5 billion, and his big day on Friday was more than enough to close the gap.

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His wealth briefly eclipsed that of Gates, the Microsoft Corp.co-founder, on an intraday basis on July 27, but Amazon shares ended that day lower, leaving Bezos at No. 2.

But Gates also got a boost as Microsoft (MSFT, Tech30) stock rose 7 percent.

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Jeff Bezos has been on the Forbes list of the richest billionaires since 1998, a year after his e-commerce giant went public. Facebook Inc's Mark Zuckerberg added US$2.1 billion.

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