Amazon chief is the richest man in history
AMAZON founder Jeff Bezos has become the richest man in history with a personal fortune of an eye-watering £78billion.
A 1.4 per cent rise in Amazon’s share price made the New Mexicoborn businessman £1bn richer on Monday alone.
His net worth grew by around £24bn in 2017, with the majority of it coming from the 78.9m shares he owns in his company.
Bezos, 53, was the first person to amass a 12-digit fortune since Microsoft founder Bill Gates – who has given more than £44bn to charity – achieved the feat back in 1999.
Gates, 62, who is reported to have a net worth of £68bn, would have been worth far more than Bezos had he had not given so much away.
Unlike Gates, Bezos has only recently started focusing on philanthropy.