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Jeff Bezos Is Set to End the Day as the World’s Richest Person

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Analyst Cakmak Says Bezos Deserves Gold Star for Earnings

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Jeff Bezos is on track to become the richest person on the planet.

Amazon.com Inc. shares surged Friday, lifting its founder’s net worth by $7.8 billion to $91.3 billion as of 10 a.m. in New York, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. The stock climbed 10 percent to $1,070.59, after the retailer reported results that beat Wall Street estimates. If the share gains hold through Friday’s close, Bezos will top the index for the first time.