Bill Gates Surpasses Jeff Bezos To Become World’s Richest Person Again

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Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has claimed the title of being the World’s Richest Person. Yeah, Gates has surpassed Amazon co-founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, with a total networth of around $110 billion, according to Bloomberg’s Billionaire Index.

This title was once held by Gates for 24 years before Bezos overtook him 2 years ago. Bezos had ended Gates’ 24-year run with a networth of over $160 billion – it was all thanks to his ever-growing e-commerce and cloud business, AWS (Amazon Web Services). However, the tides have turned this year. Bezos had to pay a significant chunk of his Amazon stake to MacKenzie Bezos, his wife of 25 years, during his divorce.

Amazon too hasn’t had the best year. According to a CNN report, Amazon reported that profits for the quarter ending in September declined 28% as compared to the same quarter from a year ago. Also, the company’s cloud division, AWS (Amazon Web Services) lost an important $10 billion Pentagon project to Microsoft. This led to Microsoft’s share prices to climb quickly while Amazon’s share price tanked, depleting close to $7 billion of Bezos’ networth.

Microsoft share prices have already climbed nearly 48% this year, adding up to Bill Gates’ growing wealth. CNN says that Bill Gates briefly overtook Bezos last month after Amazon had shared its first profit drop in almost two years, but its expected that the Microsoft’s co-founder will hold the title for longer this time around.

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  1. The Principal

    I expected you to state Bezos’ current net worth as well, since you are comparing the two. I will do it for you: it’s approx. $109 billion, more than 99% of Gates’ !

    Another interesting point to note is that of the 24 years you say Gates was the world’s richest, there are sometimes during those years when he was beaten by guys like Bezos himself, Carlos Slim and Warren Buffet. However, these guys failed to remain on top for long so that the year ended up belonging to Gates.

    Finally, the current difference in wealth is quite insignificant in my opinion. I would give them 50-50. While Gates gave away almost $40 billion to Philanthropy since 1994, Bezos lost almost a similar amount to his ex-wife Mackenzie after the divorce. It’s game on. 1-1 currently.