Jeff Bezos is the World’s Richest Again, Thanks to Your Holiday Shopping

  • The holiday shopping season has boosted Amazon’s stock, helping Jeff Bezos reclaim the top billionaire spot.
  • Amazon has already doubled the number of seasonal workers it will hire.
  • So far this month, U.S. online shoppers have spent over $50 billion.

A little over a month since Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates trounced Jeff Bezos as the world’s richest person, the Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) chairman and CEO has reclaimed the spot as the top dog. This comes as Amazon’s stock climbed to a two-month high as holiday shoppers started opening their wallets.

Bezos is now worth $113 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. Bill Gates is in second position with a net worth of $111 billion.

Battle of the billionaires

Prior to being toppled by Gates, Bezos had been the world’s richest person since 2018. At one point, the gap between him and Gates was so large it looked insurmountable. His divorce earlier this year, however, saw his stake in Amazon fall from around 17% to about 12%.

Bill Gates remains one of the world’s richest individuals despite largely focusing his time on philanthropy in recent years. | Source: AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Gates’ run as the world’s second-richest person is also under threat from French billionaire Bernard Arnault, the chairman and CEO of luxury goods giant LVMH.

Bezos, whose wealth is mostly concentrated in Amazon, largely owes the world’s richest title to the stock’s recent upward trend.  On the day before Thanksgiving, Amazon closed at $1,818. That’s a gain of around 7% from the six-month low recorded in late October. The stock had been hovering below the $1,800 level in the past few weeks. The upward trend that started late last week coincided with Amazon launching Black Friday deals on Nov. 22.

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Amazon stock price has recovered from the October low. | Source: TradingView

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