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Jeff Bezos briefly leapfrogs Bill Gates as world's richest person

Jeff Bezos briefly leapfrogs Bill Gates as world's richest person

Twenty-three years ago, Jeff Bezos was selling books out of his garage. On Thursday, the Amazon chief executive at least temporarily dethroned Bill Gates as the richest person in the world.

Following a 1.3% jump in Amazon.com Inc. shares Thursday morning, Bezos, 53, was worth as much as $91.3 billion, according to Forbes’ real-time list of billionaire rankings. That pushed him above Gates, who’s worth about $90 billion. As Amazon’s stock reversed course later Thursday, however, Gates was back on top.

Gates, 61, held the title since May 2013, according to Bloomberg,

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