Jeff Bezos becomes world’s richest person

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Jeff Bezos just became the world’s richest person.

A surge in shares of Amazon early Thursday — coupled with a slight dip in Microsoft shares — helped Amazon’s 53-year-old founder vault past Bill Gates to top the world’s wealthiest list for the first time.

Shares of the online retailer rose 1.8 percent to $1,071.31 as of 9:30 a.m. in New York, giving Bezos, who owns about 17 percent of the e-commerce giant, a net worth of more than $90 billion, surpassing Gates’s $89 billion.

Gates, 61 years old, has held the top spot since May 2013, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires index.