Jeff Bezos just had another successful shot at being crowned the richest person on planet earth, and this time, the status appears to be staying for longer. In what could be one of the few instances, the Amazon CEO took the top spot for the second time, overtaking long-time billionaire Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates. Also Read - Amazon Prime Day sale deals revealed: Discount on OnePlus Nord CE, Mi 11X, Samsung Galaxy M42Also Read - Ban Shein products sale on Amazon India: Delhi HC sends notice to centre
Forbes’ Real-Time Billionaire Rankings put Bezos on top. This morning, Amazon stock opened more than 8 percent higher than Thursday’s close, adding close to $7 billion to Bezos’ net worth. Although Microsoft’s stock also witnessed a 7 percent jump, it wasn’t enough to bring down Bezos’ ranking. Bezos recorded a net worth of $90.6 billion compared to $90.1 billion of Gates’ net worth by 10:15AM (7:45PM IST). Also Read - Amazon Prime Day sale: Top 5 deals on budget phones from Redmi, Samsung, more
Bezos became the wealthiest person in the world for the first time three months ago, when his company’s stocks recorded an all-time high, shortly before Amazon’s Q2 earnings. However, his glory lasted a few hours as the same day Amazon reported a big miss on its quarterly earning, leading to the drop in his net worth as well. ALSO READ: Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos to Mark Zuckerberg: 10 richest tech barons in the world
As Forbes notes, even today, Amazon’s stock is only ‘close’ to its previous high. Irrespective of the short stint at the top spot earlier this year, Bezos featured in the Forbes 400 list of richest Americans at number two spot.
The current positioning of Bezos is still subject to change, as Forbes will be continually updating its scores based on real-time rankings.