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Jeff Bezos' Net Worth Just Hit a Huge Milestone

Amazon founder is now the richest person in modern history, with $150B
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 16, 2018 12:46 PM CDT
In this June 16, 2014, file photo, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos walks onstage for the launch of the new Amazon Fire Phone, in Seattle.   (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

(Newser) – It's a very happy Prime Day indeed for Jeff Bezos: On Monday morning, the Amazon founder became the richest person in modern history, Bloomberg reports. Bezos, 54, now has a net worth of about $150 billion, $55 billion more than the second-richest person in the world, Bill Gates. Gates was briefly worth $100 billion in 1999—and when adjusted for inflation, that would be $149 billion in today's dollars, meaning Bezos' $150 billion is the biggest fortune anyone has had since at least 1982, when Forbes started publishing its annual wealth rankings. (Bloomberg notes that if Gates hadn't given so much of his fortune away, he'd be worth more than $150 billion today.) Bezos' net worth has increased by $52 billion this year alone. (Read more Jeff Bezos stories.)

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