The world’s richest person, Jeff Bezos, has become even wealthier than he’s ever been. Early Wednesday he crossed a milestone previously unseen with Amazon stock edging up 2% as of Wednesday afternoon, Bezos’ net worth stepped up by $4.9 billion, making the 56-year-old the world’s first-ever person to amass a $200 billion fortune.
The Amazon CEO broke the wealth barrier as shares of his online store continued to surge.
Jeff Bezos is now $77.7 billion richer than Microsoft founder Bill Gates, who long held the title of world’s richest man but who now sits at the second place with $124.3 billion.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg who only recently became a centibillionaire sits at the third place with a net worth of $114.7 billion. Bezos owns 54.5 million shares of Amazon, representing a 10.9% stake.
Bezos would have since surpassed the $250 billion mark had he not divorced his wife, MacKenzie Scott.
The mother of his four children, who received 20 million Amazon shares in the divorce, is worth $67.2 billion, making her the 13th richest person in the world.