New York: Jeff Bezos, the founder and CEO of Amazon.com Inc, has become the world’s third-richest person as of the market close for the first time, Forbes magazine said, passing Warren Buffett, the chairman and chief executive of Berkshire Hathaway Inc.
Mr Bezos’ fortune was $65.3 billion as of 4.30 pm on Thursday, compared with Buffett’s $64.9 billion. Mr Bezos, 52, owns close to 18 per cent of Amazon.
Microsoft Corp co-founder Bill Gates rema-ined the world’s richest person, at $77.7 billion, while Spain’s Amancio Ortega, who founded the Zara clothing chain’s owner Inditex SA, was second at $72.7 billion. Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerb-erg was fifth, at $54 billion.