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When you break down what Bezos made last year, the numbers are pretty staggering.
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Jeff Bezos has now become the richest person in modern history — his net worth now tops Bill Gates’ past inflation-adjusted peak.

The founder of Amazon.com, already the world’s richest person, saw his net worth hit $150 billion for the first time Monday, which is about $55 billion more than the $95.5 billion that the Microsoft co-founder is currently worth, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index

In 1999, Gates’ total net worth briefly hit the $100 billion mark, which would be worth about $149 billion today in inflation-adjusted terms, according to Bloomberg

That makes Bezos richer than anyone else since at least 1982, when Forbes published its inaugural wealth ranking, Bloomberg reports.

Bezos topped the $150 billion milestone on the same day that the giant online retailer kicks off Amazon Prime Day, its annual global shopping sales event. 

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Shares of Amazon.com have risen for eight straight days and gained $9.46, or 0.5% on Monday to close at a record $1,822.49.  

The stock has soared more than 55% this year, which has added more than $50 billion to Bezos’ net worth in less than seven months. 

Rounding out the current top five richest people behind Bezos and Gates: Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett ($83 billion), Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg ($83 billion) and Amancio Ortega ($75 billion), founder of retailing group Inditex. 

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