On Friday, November 15, Bill Gates surpassed Amazon CEO Ef Bezos as the richest person on the planet with a net worth of $ 110 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. This is the first time Microsoft's founder has held the top spot for more than two years. Gates briefly surpassed Bezos last month, after Amazon reported that its profit for the quarter ended in September fell by almost 28% year-over-year. But the time of the Gates summit was short-lived.
He regained control as Microsoft's shares rose nearly 48% this year, which helped boost the value of her stake in the company. In October, Microsoft beat Amazon for a $ 10 billion cloud computing deal with the Pentagon. Bezos, who paid a significant portion of his stake in Amazon this year to handle his wife's divorce after 25 years of marriage, is now in second place with a net worth of $ 108.7 billion.
Gates recently commented on his wealth in response to tax proposed by some Democratic political candidates, including Senator Elizabeth Warren. The Microsoft founder said he had already paid more than $ 10 billion in taxes, and that he could make as much as $ 20 billion. Still, having to pay $ 100 billion would get him started "doing some accounting for what I have left."
November 16, 2019 (edited 16.11.2019 | 04:30)
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