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

Jeff Bezos now richer than Bill Gates ever was; becomes richest person in history founder Jeff Bezos has passed Gates to become the richest person in the world.

This Bloomberg Profile looks into how Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos grew his business after builting it inside his garage.

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. For example, he made roughly $1.4 billion in gains Monday when Amazon stock climbed almost 1.5%. His latest net worth estimate comes from Bloomberg's billionaire tracker.

Amazon's share price, and therefore Bezos' net worth, has jumped significantly since September. He's now the richest person in history, dethroning former record-holder Bill Gates. The stock is up about 7% in 2018 after soaring 56% in 2017. He first crossed the $100 billion net worth mark in November at the start of the holiday shopping season, once again helped by stock performance of Amazon. Shares of Amazon climbed 1.4% Monday, adding about $1.4 billion to his net worth.

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

Bill Gates takes a place in the runner-up position with an equally staggering net worth of over $92 billion.

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