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Bill Gates Tops Jeff Bezos To Become Richest Man In The World

by : Cameron Frew on : 16 Nov 2019 12:01
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Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has reclaimed his position as the richest man in the world, knocking Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos off the throne once again. 

The multi-billionaire philanthropist briefly took the top spot last month when Amazon reported a 28% drop in profits the three months ending in September, however Bezos soon climbed above again.

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Now Gates is back at number one with a net worth of $110 billion – and he’s there to stay, for now at least.

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The Bloomberg Billionaire Index updates after US markets close, tracking the wealth of the richest 500 people across the globe.

Gates’ rise above Bezos (who now has a net worth of $109bn), could be attributed to a recent Pentagon contract. Beating out Amazon, Microsoft signed a $10bn cloud-computing deal, prompting a surge in their shares – Amazon’s, however, dropped by about 2% after the announcement.

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Gates only owns around 1% of Microsoft shares. However, that equates to around $7.3bn, according to Business Insider – this gave the Microsoft figurehead the boost over Bezos, with Microsoft’s shares increasing by 48% this year.

Following Bezos’ split from his wife MacKenzie, his wealth was also took a hit. As part of their divorce settlement, she was given 19.7 million shares of Amazon.com valued at more than $38bn.

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Gates’ net worth could have been much higher over the years, but Bloomberg also reported that he has donated more than $35bn since 1994 through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Commenting on the recently proposed ‘wealth tax’ by Democratic presidential candidates, including Senator Elizabeth Warren, Gates said he’s already paid more than $10bn in taxes.

At The New York Times Dealbook conference, Gates said: 

If I’d had to pay $20bn, it’s fine. But when you say I should pay $100bn, then I’m starting to do a little math about what I have left over.

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Gates also added that he wasn’t sure ‘how open minded [Warren] is… or that she’d even be willing to sit down with somebody who has large amounts of money’.

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However, in response, Warren recently said she’d love to explain the wealth tax to Gates.

Warren tweeted: 

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I’m always happy to meet with people, even if we have different views. @BillGates, if we get the chance, I’d love to explain exactly how much you’d pay under my wealth tax. (I promise it’s not $100 billion.)

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Cameron Frew

After graduating from Glasgow Caledonian University with an NCTJ and BJTC-accredited Multimedia Journalism degree, Cameron ventured into the world of print journalism at The National, while also working as a freelance film journalist on the side, becoming an accredited Rotten Tomatoes critic in the process. He's now left his Scottish homelands and taken up residence at UNILAD as a journalist.

Topics: News, Amazon, Bill Gates, Billionaires, Jeff Bezos, Money

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    Bill Gates just overtook Jeff Bezos to reclaim his spot as world's richest person