Black Friday nets Amazon boss Jeff Bezos a $100bn fortune

On Friday, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos became the only person with a $100bn (£75bn) fortune, seeing his wealth creep up by $2.4bn thanks to a 2% jump in Amazon's shares.

While Gates and Bezos have both been vying for the top spot on the world's richest person list for some time, Gates made it slightly easier for Bezos to surpass him this year when he donated 5% of his net worth (roughly $4.6 billion) to charity in August.

Bloomberg reports that he is the first person to reach the $100 billion (£75bn) milestone since Bill Gates in 1999.

According to the analysts, the online spending shoots up 18.4 percent over the last year and the remaining festive days of the year will continue to boost the online purchases.

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A previous surge in Amazon shares caused the 53-year old to briefly overtake Gates as the world's wealthiest back in July, before further fluctuation caused Bezos' value to slip back down to $89.3bn, behind Gates' estimated $89.9bn.

Bezos, who surpassed Gates as the world's richest man in October, suggested he knew he needed to up his philanthropy earlier this year when he took to Twitter to ask for ideas. Same goes for Warren Buffet, the USA investor who is the third richest person with $78.9 billion. Unlike Gates or Buffet, Bezos has neither pledged his wealth for charity nor has he done too much about it. Amazon (AMZN, Tech30) stock climbed 2.5 per cent on Friday to put Bezos over the top.

Bezos, the world's richest man, owns about 78.9 million shares of Amazon, according to a November 14 filing. It will also be interesting to see whether or not he will announce anything significant in the way of philanthropic endeavors in the short term.

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