News broke last week that Amazon.com purchased Whole Foods for $13.7 billion. That's a big deal. Not only does that purchase change the landscape of the American grocery industry, it also shuffled things around when it comes to the richest people in the world.
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Jeff Bezos, the founder and CEO of Amazon.com, added $1.8 billion to his net worth by virtue of the Whole Foods deal. That increase means he's now only $5 billion away from overtaking Bill Gates as the richest person in the world. Sure, $5 billion is still a lot of money, but when you look at the financial sandbox these men are playing in, making $5 billion starts to feel more realistic. For some perspective, Bill Gates net worth is $89.7 billion while Jeff Bezos has hold of $84.6 billion.
If Bezos is gunning to be the richest man in the world, he also has a leg up because Gates is on a mission to give away his funds, committing himself nearly full-time to philanthropy. That said, Gates still owns more than 2% of Microsoft so it's not as if his money will be disappearing anytime soon.
As for the other richest people in the world? Amancio Ortego, a Spanish retail mogul comes in at number three with $82.3 billion, Warren Buffet salutes at number four with $76.8 billion, and Mark Zuckerberg holds the number five spot with $64.4 billion. These are big bucks, and before long Bezos could be at the top of the heap.