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Jeff Bezos Is Closer than Ever to Becoming the World's Richest Person

Brad Tuttle
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos's net worth worth topped $80 billion after Amazon stock rose. He could pass Bill Gates as the world's richest person very soon.

The net worth of Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos topped $80 billion for the first time on Thursday, leaving him just $5 billion below the #1 spot on the world’s richest person list, Bloomberg reported. If trends hold up, Bezos will surpass Bill Gates as the world’s richest man in the very near future.

Bezos’s base salary at Amazon is only around $82,000 per year, but his overall wealth-based mostly on the value of his Amazon stock-has been known to surge in mind-blowing ways. He became $1.5 billion richer in one day last month, and his net worth increased an insane $6 billion in just 20 minutes one day a year ago.

On Thursday, Bloomberg reported, Bezos grew $3.3 billion richer due to an after-hours spike in Amazon stock, after the release of a strong quarterly earnings report for the company. Amazon’s profits rose a better-than-expected 41% in the first quarter of 2017, the Wall Street Journal noted, and shares spiked 4.1% in after-hours trading.

Since March 2012, Bezos’s net worth has increased hand-in-hand with Amazon’s stock, rising a staggering $65.2 billion, Bloomberg estimates.

According to Forbes, Bezos is worth “only” $78.7 billion. That would actually put Bezos in third place on the world’s richest person list, behind Zara founder Amancio Ortega (worth $80.8 billion and Microsoft founder Bill Gates ($87.3 billion).

Data used for the Bloomberg Billionaire Index is slightly different, putting Bezos’s worth around $5 billion lower than Gates. Also noteworthy: Among the world’s top 10 billionaires, Bezos’s wealth has grown the most, up $13.7 billion thus far this year. Right behind Bezos in terms of billionaires seeing the biggest wealth increases in 2017 is Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, up $13.5 billion. With a net worth estimated at $63.5 billion, 32-year-old Zuckerberg is now #5 on Bloomberg’s list.

This article was originally published on Money.com