It's well-known that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is working on a venture to take tourists into space, but his wealth is already out of this world. Bezos first made the Forbes 400 list in 1998, with a net worth of $1.6 billion, shortly after his internet company went public.
Gates net worth would have been far more if he had not given out nearly 700 million shares of Microsoft, worth $61.8 billion at today's value, as well as $2.9 billion in cash to charity since 1996. Shares of Amazon climbed 1.4% Monday, adding about $1.4 billion to his net worth.
Although Bezos' wealth is the largest overall figure, it does not compare to famously wealthy individuals in the past. That eclipses the record previously held by Microsoft founder Bill Gates, who is now in second place with a net worth of $93.3 billion.
He's now the richest person in history, dethroning former record-holder Bill Gates. Overall in 2017, the company's stock rose almost 56%. He moved back ahead of Gates in October. Forbes reports that with inflation, that would be worth around a whopping $150 billion.
As CNN highlights, Gates would be worth far more than Bezos if it weren't for his significant charitable donations. In the third position is Facebook's Warren Buffet, with a net worth of $87.2 billion, while Mark Zuckerberg and Amancio Ortega round out the top 5 with $77.5 and $76 billion, respectively.