The founder of Amazon, Jeff Bezos briefly took the title – world’s richest man – yesterday after he overtook Microsoft’s Bill Gates.
Bezos leapfrogged Gates, who has been the richest man on the planet since 2013, after a rise in the share price of Amazon ahead of its latest results due Thursday night.
According to Forbes, the rise pushed the value of Bezos’s fortune to $91bn (£69bn) – compared with Gates’ wealth of $90bn. Their riches are calculated on the share prices of their respective companies and at the current values Bezos’s stake is twice as big as carmaker Ford.
But the Amazon share price fell back leaving Gates on top, but with less than $1bn separating them.
Bezos started Amazon in 1994 when he sold books from his garage in Seattle before expanding into a huge range of other products and capturing the global rush to online shopping.