On Friday, Gates surpassed Amazon Amazon ( CEO Jeff Bezos to reclaim the award to the richest person in the world, with a net worth of $ 110 billion , according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. )
It is the first time the co-founder of Microsoft ( has had the top rank in over two years. He topped Bezos shortly last month after Amazon reported that profits for the three months ending in September fell nearly 28% from the previous year. But Gates & # 39; time on top was short-lived. )
He has regained leadership because Microsoft ( shares increased almost 48% this year, which helped increase the value of his stake in the company. In October, Microsoft knocked out Amazon for a $ 1 )0 billion cloud computing contract with the Pentagon and added some extra drama to Gates / Bezo's fortunes.
Bezos, which this year paid off a significant portion of Amazon's stake in his divorce from wife of 25-year-old MacKenzie Bezos, now sits in second place with a net worth of $ 108.7 billion.
Gates recently commented on his wealth in response to a wealth tax proposed by some Democratic political candidates, including Senator Elizabeth Warren.
He said he has already paid more than $ 10 billion in taxes, and it would be fine with him to raise it to $ 20 billion. However, having to pay $ 100 billion would ask him to start "doing some math about what I have left."