Jeff Bezos Just Passed Bill Gates For World's Richest Person

Jeff Bezos

Jeff Bezos is on track to become the world's richest person.

Bezos' net worth was put at $89.7 billion, when trading opened on Friday, while Bill Gates had a net worth of $90.1bn, a rise of about $550 million from Thursday, according Forbes.

Bezos, who owns 17 percent of Amazon stocks, saw his net worth soar $10 billion to $92.8 billion at 1630 GMT - just three hours after USA markets opened.

Today, the super-rich of the world took advantage of Amazon's better-than-expected earnings report to gobble up more of the only place big money can be made these days: the future.

Bezos owned almost 80 million shares in Amazon (AMZN, Tech30) as of August, according to the most recent available data from FactSet.

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

Jeff Bezos has leapfrogged Bill Gates again for the title of world's richest billionaire.

Bezos, 53, topped the list July 27 before losing it hours later to Microsoft co-founder and CEO Bill Gates. Gates owned 103 million shares as of September, according to FactSet.

Amazon has been on a tear this year.

Warren Buffett was third in the latest ratings, with $88 billion in assets, followed by Amancio Ortega, Spain's Zara clothing tycoon, with a $77.2-billion fortune, and Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg with $75.4 billion.

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