Jeff Bezos increases his fortune by $13 billion in one day
Businessman Jeff Bezos reached a fortune of $ 189.3 billion on Monday, according to Bloomberg. The figure represents a single-day $13 billion growth - the biggest single-day fortune growth since the Bloomberg Billionaires Index was created in 2012.
If it were an economy, compared to GDP numbers of countries in 2019, Bezos would be among the 60 richest, according to World Bank data, ahead of Hungary, Ukraine, Croatia, Ecuador, Morocco, Angola and the Dominican Republic.
Now 56, Bezos has a degree in electrical engineering and computer science from Princeton University. He started his career on Wall Street. In 1994, he left the financial market to found Amazon.
He currently holds 11.1% of the company's shares. Since the previous peak, the businessman had to share his stake with ex-wife MacKenzie Bezos. The divorce settlement gave her 4% of Amazon's shares, plus a 13th place on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.
There are also yields that cannot be measured by the index, as they are privately held enterprises, such as the space company Blue Origin. Bezos also owns the Washington Post.
10 biggest billionaires
With Jeff Bezos in the lead, the Bloomberg Billionaires Index has Bill Gates as runner-up. The Microsoft founder's fortune is valued today at $ 118 billion.
Gates, however, is one of the largest philanthropists on the planet. Since 1994, he is estimated to have donated around $45 billion through family foundations, such as the one he runs with his wife Melinda Gates, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
See below the list of the top 10 billionaires and their branches:
- Jeff Bezos: $ 189 billion - Amazon (Technology / Retail)
- Bill Gates: $ 118 billion - Microsoft (Technology)
- Bernard Arnault: US $ 64.7 billion - LVMH (Consumption)
- Mark Zuckerberg: $ 93.1 billion - Facebook (Technology)
- Steve Ballmer: $ 76.1 billion - Microsoft (Technology)
- Elon Musk: $ 74.5 billion - Tesla (Technology)
- Larry Page: $ 73.8 billion - Google (Technology)
- Mukesh Ambani: $ 72.1 billion - Reliance Industries (Energy)
- Warren Buffett: $ 72.1 billion - Berkshire Hathaway (Various sectors)
- Sergey Brin: $ 71.5 billion - Google (Technology)
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