Jeff Bezos, of course, gained entry to the billionaires' club years ago. This week, however, Bloomberg reports that the founder and CEO of Amazon reached a far higher echelon: the club of those worth $100 billion. In fact, at the moment, the 53-year-old Bezos is in that club all by himself. According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, Bezos' net worth surged past the milestone as shares of Amazon rose on Black Friday enthusiasm.
The site notes that Bill Gates, whose current value is pegged at $89 billion, would have about $150 billion right now had he not given so much away to various philanthropic causes. Gates hit the $100 billion mark back in 1999, and Bezos is the first since then to duplicate the feat. Bezos, for his part, is just beginning to explore ways to give away his money. As Mashable notes, it is only Bloomberg putting Bezos above the mark. The other standard list, curated by Forbes, still has him a bit under at $99.6 billion. (Read more Jeff Bezos stories.)