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Jeff Bezos Briefly Tops Bill Gates as the World's Richest Person

  • Founder’s net worth increased $2.5 billion in intraday trading
  • Gates has held top spot on Bloomberg wealth index since 2013
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Amazon's Bezos Becomes World's Richest, Surpassing Gates

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A surge in Amazon.com Inc. shares Thursday morning in advance of the online retailer’s earnings report briefly propelled founder Jeff Bezos past Bill Gates as the world’s richest person.

Shares of the online retailer fell 0.7 percent to $1,046 at 4 p.m. in New York, after climbing as high as $1,083.31 four hours earlier, which gave Bezos a net worth of $92.3 billion. Gates had a net worth of $90.8 billion as of the Wednesday close.