Bezos now 2nd-richest in world with US$75.6b
LONDON:Jeff Bezos has leapt past Amancio Ortega and Warren Buffett to become the world’s second-richest person.
Bezos added US$1.5 billion (RM6.63) to his fortune as Amazon.com Inc rose US$18.32 on Wednesday, the day after the e-commerce giant said it planned to buy Dubai-based online retailer Souq. com.
Bezos has a net worth of
US$75.6 billion on Bloomberg Billionaires Index,
US$700 million more than Berkshire Hathaway Inc’s
US$1.3 billion above Ortega, the founder of Inditex S.A. and Europe’s richest person.
Amazon’s founder has added US$10.2 billion this year to his wealth and US$7 billion since the global equities rally began following the election of Donald Trump as the United States president on November 8.
The rise is the third biggest on the Bloomberg index this year, after China’s Wang Wei’s US$18.4 billion gain and an US$11.4 billion rise for Facebook Inc founder Mark Zuckerberg.
Bezos remains US$10.4 billion behind Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, the world’s richest person with US$86 billion. Bloomberg