Amazon Founder, WashPo Owner Jeff Bezos the Richest Man in History

Amazon Founder, WashPo Owner Jeff Bezos the Richest Man in History

Shares in Amazon hit an all-time high on Monday, which lifted Bezos' net worth to a record $105.1billion, according to Bloomberg.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is now the world's richest person, CNN reported.

Most of Bezos' fortune consists of the 78.9 million shares of Amazon stock he owns although the entrepreneur is also invested in other companies including The Washington Post and Blue Origin, the private spaceflight service that aims to take tourists to space. Forbes also put Bezos at the head of the uber-rich class, but cited his net worth at $104.4 billion. Forbes reports that with inflation, that would be worth around a whopping $150 billion.

Amazon's share price, and therefore Bezos' net worth, has jumped significantly since September.

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Amazon shares are up almost 7% so far in this year after rising 56% in 2017.

Bezos came under fire previous year when The New York Times questioned his level of philanthropic giving.

He moved back ahead of Gates in November when he first crossed the $100 billion net worth mark, as Amazon stock performed very well during the holiday period. However, on October 27, 2017, Bezos again surpassed Gates on the Forbes list as the richest person in the world.

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