Black Friday nets Amazon boss Jeff Bezos a $100bn fortune

Black Friday bonanza springs Jeff Bezos top of the rich list, his networth crosses USD 100 bn-mark

This has now propelled him to the top of the list, with a gain of $2.4 billion on the world's wealthiest list and topping out at $100.3 billion.

Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos now has a 12-digit fortune, according to an estimate by Bloomberg.

In fact, the 62 year-old founder of Microsoft would would be worth more than $150 billion (£112.4bn) if he hadn't donated nearly $700 million (£524.91m) Microsoft Corp. shares and $2.9 billion (£2.17bn) of cash and other assets to charity since 1996. Amazon shares hit a record on Black Friday - one of the year's busiest shopping days - joining a broader stock market rally.

It was gathered that Bezos' fortune went up $2.4 billion to $100.3 billion, as the online retailer's shares jumped more than 2 percent on optimism for Black Friday sales. It has been a great year for Bezos, who increased his net worth by $32.6 billion in 2017 (so far).

But Mr Bezos has to date has not given away any of his wealth, but in June he tweeted that he wanted the help people with his fortune and was looking for ideas for how to share it.

Both Gates and Warren Buffet - the world's third richest man with a net worth of only $78.9 billion (£59.17bn) - are big on philanthropy, but Bezos hasn't involved himself too much with it, though it seems he is beginning to make moves to do so.

Mr Gates is now second in the Index with $89,1bn, followed by Warren Buffet ($78.7bn) and Spain's Armancio Ortega ($75.9bn). It will also be interesting to see whether or not he will announce anything significant in the way of philanthropic endeavors in the short term.

His goal was to tackle problems "at the intersection of urgent need and lasting impact".

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