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Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos Is Now the World’s Second Richest Person

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Jeff Bezos Is the Second Richest Man in the World
Jeff Bezos, chief executive officer of Amazon.com Inc. and founder of Blue Origin LLC.(Matthew Staver/Bloomberg via Getty Images)


Amazon has delivered Jeff Bezos a lot of wealth — and some new bragging rights.

According to Bloomberg, the 53-year-old dot-com founder has now surpassed Spanish businessman Amancio Ortega and Berkshire Hathaway’s Warren Buffett to become the second richest person in the world.

Bezos pocketed $1.5 billion Wednesday, when Amazon acquired Dubai online retailer Souq.com. His net worth has now ballooned to $75.6 billion, or $700 million more than Buffett’s. He cleared Ortega by more than $1 billion.

Bezos has already added an astonishing $10.2 billion this year alone, as he steadily climbs the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

Microsoft’s Bill Gates, who’s worth $86 billion, still tops the list.

Below, watch a video of Warren Buffett complimenting Bezos’ business acumen on CNBC.