- Bezos ended Gates' 24-year run as the richest man in 2018
- Gates regained the lead on Friday, November 15
- This was after Microsoft stock went up nearly 48% in 2019 increasing his stakes
- Gates debuted on Forbes' first-ever billionaire list in 1987
Billionaire Bill Gates has officially surpassed Amazon Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Jeff Bezos at world's richest person on earth with a net worth of $110 billion (R1 618 021 900 000).
The Amazon founder ended Gates' 24-year run as the richest man in 2018 with a net worth of $160 billion (R2 353 486 400 00).
However, the Microsoft co-founder regained the lead on Friday, November 15, after Microsoft stock went up nearly 48% in 2019, helping boost the value of his stake in the tech giant, CNN reported.
The rest of his wealth is derived from share sales and investments made over the years by his family office, Cascade.
Briefly.co.za gathered Gates had briefly topped Bezos as the world's richest man in October 2019, after Amazon's lacklustre Q3 results resulted in Bezos losing nearly $7 billion (R102 965 030 000) in stock value.
The index, which tracks the wealth of the richest 500 people, is updated each trading day after U.S. markets close. Europe’s richest person, Bernard Arnault, is third with $102.7 billion (R1 500 347 580 000).
Gates debuted on Forbes' first-ever billionaire list in 1987 with a net worth of $1.25 billion (R18 386 612 500).
Bezos first joined The Forbes 400 list of richest Americans in 1998, one year after Amazon went public, with a net worth of $1.6 billion (R23 534 864 000).
Bezos would be far richer if he and MacKenzie Bezos had not divorced in January 2019, with MacKenzie receiving a quarter of their Amazon holdings in July 2019.
Gates, on the other hand, may have never relinquished the top spot were it not for his philanthropy.
He has donated more than $35 billion (R514 825 150 000) to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation since 1994.
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