Amazon’s founder, Jeff Bezos becomes third richest in the world

Photo (L-R): Jeff Bezos and Warren Buffet

According to Bloomberg’s Billionaire Index, Amazon founder is worth $65.1 billion, as of Thursday, and this puts him just slightly ahead of Buffett’s $65 billion. Bezos moved into third place on the global index, behind Bill Gates and Amancio Ortega, the majority owner of Zara’s parent company Inditex.

Bezos backed into his new spot on the list, after his net worth fell $136 million mostly due to a 0.2% decline in Amazon shares Thursday. But Buffett’s net worth slipped $754 million, according to the index, due to a 1.2% slide in shares of Berkshire Hathaway.

However, Forbes still has Bezos slightly behind Buffett in its real-time billionaire’s ranking, $64.8 billion to $64.6 billion.

At the beginning of the year, Forbes’ ranking showed Bezos at No. 5 on the list with a worth of $45.2 billion.

Amazon shares are up 10% so far this year. They reached a record high earlier this month.

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