It's official: Jeff Bezos is now the richest person in the world overtaking Bill Gates

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Amazon boss Jeff Bezos has become the richest person in the world.

Shares in the tech and retail giant, in which Bezos is the biggest shareholder, were up by more than one per cent in Thursday trading ahead of earnings after market close.

That's pushed his net worth higher than that of Bill Gates, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires index.

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But, that those gains will have to hold out until the end of the day to make it official - the index is updated at the end of the day. As of Wednesday, there was just $1bn between them. Today's rise in stock adds enough to Bezos' wealth for him to surpass Gates.

Amazon's value yesterday pushed past the half a trillion dollar mark, joining a rare handful of companies worth that much: Apple, Alphabet and Gates' Microsoft.