Forbes magazine reveals Amazon founder, Jeff Bezos as the world’s third richest person.

Bezos is the owner of 18% shares in Amazon, which rose by 2% in trading on Thursday. Following the increase Forbes magazine estimated his net worth to be $65.3bn.

In the second quarter, Amazon’s revenue beat expectations, climbing 31% from last year to $30.4bn.

Forbes also reports that Bezos’s fortune is only surpassed by Microsoft founder Bill Gates, worth $78bn (£59bn), and the $73.1bn (£55bn) fortune of Zara founder Amancio Ortega.

No wonder Bezos is doing so well after the company’s shares spiked by 50% since February.


Jeff Bezos

•Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 1964

•Studied at Princeton University and worked on Wall Street

•Launched Amazon as online book retailer in Seattle in 1994

•Company expanded dramatically but struggled to make a profit

•A lifelong Star Trek fan, he launched Blue Origin spaceflight and aerospace firm in 2000

•Bought The Washington Post newspaper in 2013

•Reputation as a driven boss, intensely focused on customers