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Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is now the richest person in modern history

Posted at 11:15 AM, Jul 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-17 14:27:40-04

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is not only the richest person in the world, he is now also the richest person in modern history. 

According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, Bezos's fortune is now more than $150 billion. That's $55 billion richer than Bill Gates, at number two.

Bezos's wealth has more than doubled during the past two years as Amazon's stock has skyrocketed. 

Despite his huge amount of wealth, there's still one record Bezos has not yet achieved: The wealthiest person ever as a share of the national GDP. 

John D. Rockefeller was worth two percent of the entire U.S. GDP in the early 1900s. For Bezos to top that measure, his net worth would have to climb to more than $350 billion.