World Richest Person: Jeff Bezos overtakes Elon Musk to reclaim top spot

Two weeks after announcing he was stepping down as CEO of Amazon, Jeff Bezos once again became the world’s richest person.

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Bezos reclaimed the top spot on Tuesday with an estimated net worth valued at $191 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

This placed him just $1 billion ahead of Elon Musk, the SpaceX and Tesla founder, whose net worth dropped to $190 billion as shares in his car company fell 2.4 percent, CNN reported.

Musk passed Bezos for the first time in early January, knocking the 57-year-old from the top position for the first time in three years, Bloomberg reported at the time.

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Following Bezos and Musk on the list were Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Bernard Arnault of luxury goods maker LVMH and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg.

On Feb. 2, Bezos sent shockwaves around the technology industry when he announced he would leave his role as Amazon’s CEO later this year.

Taking his place will be Andy Jassy, the current CEO of Amazon Web Services, Bezos told employees in a letter published to their website.

“In the Exec Chair role, I intend to focus my energies and attention on new products and early initiatives,” Bezos wrote. “Andy is well known inside the company and has been at Amazon almost as long as I have. He will be an outstanding leader, and he has my full confidence.”

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Over the last year, Bezos has focused on other efforts outside of the company, including his Bezos Earth Fund, which will provide billions of dollars to scientists and organizations who are working to save the planet from the effects of rising temperatures.



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