Ama­zon chief is the rich­est man in history

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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.

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