Business tycoon Jeff Bezos became the first billionaire since 1999 to cross the mark of net worth $100 billion. Black Friday sales helped Amazon shares to jump more than 2 percent and online holiday sales increase by more than 18 percent since a year ago, Bloomberg reported.
Now, as online shoppers gear up for the holidays with some sweet Black Friday deals, Bezos has regained the top spot and skyrocketed past the coveted $100 billion mark.
However, Gates has a current net worth of $86.8 billion but would far outrank Bezos had he not given away 700 million shares in Microsoft, in addition to $2.9 billion in cash and other assets to charity. After the close of trading in NY on Friday, the billionaire's total net worth fell back down to $97.9 billion.Читайте также: Bookies Have Ended Bets On Prince Harry And Meghan Markle's Engagement
Bezos is the largest shareholder of Amazon, the world's biggest retailer, owning about 16 percent of Amazon's stock. That put him ahead of Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, who had held the position since May 2013.
Online sales for Black Friday are up 18.4% from past year, while the projected final spend is $5bn, according to Adobe Analytics. That stake alone is worth more than $93.5 billion as of Friday's closing price of $1,186 a share.
Bezos started Amazon as a well to sell books online, and now Amazon's stature among investors reflects its growing dominance in the retail world, where it accounts for roughly a third of all e-commerce transactions, and its ambitions to push into other sectors of the economy. This past June he asked Twitter for ideas on how to be a better philanthropist. Bezos also invests in start-ups, and owns The Washington Post and space company Blue Origin.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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