Jeff Bezos is only $5 billion away from being the world’s richest person. Jeff Bezos is aiming for the title as the richest man in the world which is currently held by Microsoft’s founder Bill Gates.  The surge in the Amazon stock resulted in the company buying the whole foods market.  Bezos is gaining ownership to whole foods which helped him add another $1.8 billion to his net worth.

Jeff Bezos is now worth about $84.6 Billion in total, leaving him just $5 billion away from overtaking Bill Gates as the wealthiest person in the world.

Bill Gates, 61, is notable for giving most of his money away whether it’s for charity or a beneficial organization. Gates created an organization which “The Giving Pledge” which is also operated by his investing guru Warren Buffet, the fourth wealthiest person in the world with  a $76.8 billion net worth . The giving pledge is a pledge that asks billionaires like Buffet and Gates to commit to giving away at least half of their money during their lifetimes. There are currently more than one hundred and fifty people who have signed the pledge, Bezos isn’t one of those people.

In addition to Jeff Bezos not signing the pledge Bill Gates stepped down as Microsoft CEO in the year 2000 and has distanced himself from the day to day operations in the years after him stepping down. This opportunity gives Bezos a way to catch up as the richest man in the world competition. Bill Gates is still working hard even though he is not currently the CEO he still has been working full time on his philanthropic efforts for the past couple of years with his wife. Bill Gates still owns 2% of Microsoft so his net worth still continues to grow at a steady pace. On the other hand,  Bezos made it clear that he is not slowing down with building his net worth and making as much money as possible. Bezos is making it a goal to become the richest man in the world. The CEO of Amazon, Bezos, is famous for his commitment to the company and he treats each day at Amazon as  if the company is starting up for the very first time.

Sources

http://fortune.com/2017/06/19/jeff-bezos-net-worth-bill-gates/

http://money.cnn.com/2017/06/18/technology/culture/jeff-bezos-bill-gates-richest/index.html?category=tech-culture

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