Jeff Bezos Is Now Worth $105 Billion, Making Him the Richest Person in History

Fresh off celebrating at the Golden Globes, Jeff Bezos made $1.4 billion on Monday alone.
 
 

Fresh off celebrating victories at the Golden Globes, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos now has a new title to add to his list of accolades: Richest person in history.

Amazon’s stock rose to a new all-time high on Monday (and is up again today), putting Bezos’ net worth at $105.1 billion, according to Bloomberg. That’s higher than the previous record held by another familiar name here in Seattle: Bill Gates.

Bezos owns 78.9 million shares of Amazon (AMZN), which rose 1.4 percent on Monday, adding about $1.4 billion to his net worth. That’s $1,400,000,000 in a single day.

On July 26, Bezos became the richest man in the world for almost a full day, when his fortune grew to north of $90 billion for the first time. But Gates had passed him again by the end of the day.

And according to CNN’s report, “Gates would still be worth far more than Bezos if not for his significant charitable contributions,” noting that the Microsoft CEO has given away $61.8 billion in value of Microsoft shares.

Gates is currently the world’s second richest person at a net worth of $93.3 billion, but was the first Seattle area tech CEO to eclipse the 12-digit mark. But with Amazon starting off 2018 right where it left off in 2017, there’s no sign Bezos will relinquish the title of World’s Richest Person anytime soon.

And -- oh, right! You can also see him laughing at a joke about checks clearing when Amazon series “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” won Best TV Series, Comedy at Sunday’s the Golden Globes.

Of course, there’s mixed feelings on Bezos and Amazon here in our corner of the world, as Seattle magazine chronicled in its year in review issue. Read “The Ups and Downs of Life in Amazonia” here.

And just for fun: Here’s a photo of Jeff Bezos from our 2009 issue where he won the award for Entrepreneur of the Year.

It should be mentioned, however, that Bezos is only the richest person in history in terms of pure dollar terms that have not been adjusted for inflation. He'd still rank as one of the ten richest people of all time, according to Time, but John D. Rockefeller and Andrew Carnegie would rank higher, both with wealth of more than $300 billion in today's terms. Topping that list is Mansa Musa, the king of Timbuktu in the 13th and 14th centuries, when his country was the world's largest producer of gold. 

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