Amazon's Bezos world's richest, again

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Bezos, who owns 17 percent of Amazon stocks, saw his net worth soar $10 billion to $92.8 billion at 1630 GMT - just three hours after USA markets opened. His wealth is valued at $90 billion.

But Bezos' first time at the top of Forbes' Real-Time Billionaires List only lasted a few hours.

Jeff Bezos is rich.

At the close of USA markets on Friday, Mr Bezos had a net worth of US$93.8 billion, US$5.1 billion ahead of Mr Gates on the Bloomberg index, a daily ranking of the world's 500 richest people. That translated to a windfall of more than $10 billion for his own personal share in the company, not a bad take for a single day - and enough to earn him the title of world's richest person.

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Bezos owned almost 80 million shares in Amazon as of August, according to the most recent available data from FactSet.

But Gates also got a boost as Microsoft (MSFT, Tech30) stock rose 7 percent.

His wealth briefly eclipsed that of Gates, the Microsoft Corp.co-founder, on an intraday basis on July 27, but Amazon shares ended that day lower, leaving Bezos at No. 2.

Bezos first joined the Forbes 400 in 1998, one year after Amazon went public, with a net worth of $1.6bn. The booming stock performance followed a strong third-quarter earnings report that exceeded analyst expectations for the company, Bloomberg noted.

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