According to Bloomberg’s billionaire index, Jeff Bezos is the richest person in modern history — with a net worth of $105.1 billion. Shares for Amazon went up on January 8, which added another $1.4 billion to his already immense wealth. This is because Amazon had an amazing holiday season — with features like Prime’s two-day delivery making it a popular gifting resource. He also owns the space exploration company Blue Origin as well as the Washington Post, which he bought for $250 million in 2013.
Bezos actually became the richest person back in October, after he narrowly passed Bill Gates for the first spot. Gates is certainly a close second at $93 billion, and he should actually have a net worth closer to $150 billion, except that he’s given away 700 million in Microsoft shares and $2.9 Billion in cash/other assets to the foundation he founded with his wife, Melinda.