Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos now worth $105B, surpassing Bill Gates

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

The only others to surpass Gates as the world's richest person were Warren Buffett and Mexican business mogul Carlos Slim.

Bezos' net worth is at $105.1 billion on Monday, according to Bloomberg's billionaire tracker.

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

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.

When Amazon stock climbed 1.4 per cent Monday, it added approximately $1.4 billion to Bezos' net worth.


The majority of his net worth comes from the 78.9 million shares of Amazon stock he owns.

He has given away nearly 700 million Microsoft shares and $US2.9 billion of cash and other assets since 1996, according to an analysis of his publicly disclosed giving.

Amazon shares are up almost 7% so far in this year after rising 56% in 2017. But Forbes reports that Gates' net worth crossed above $100 billion briefly back in April 1999. That would put his net worth at more than $150 billion.

Although Bezos' wealth is the largest overall figure, it does not compare to famously wealthy individuals in the past.

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