Amazon founder Jeff Bezos overtakes Bill Gates to become richest man, worth $105 billion

Bezos now stands ahead of Microsoft's Bill Gates who's worth $93.3 billion and stands second on the list Photograph:( WION )

WION Web Team Delhi, India Jan 10, 2018, 03.30 AM (IST)

Amazon's founder, Jeff Bezos, is now the richest man in the world with net worth of a whopping $105 billion.

Bloomberg's Billionaire Index reports Bezos to have earned close to $6.1 billion in the first five trading days of the year. 

Bezos now stands ahead of Microsoft's Bill Gates who's worth $93.3 billion and stands second on the list. 

Bezos' net worth continues to soar with Amazon's shares growing at lightning pace.

The online retail giant saw a jump of close to 56% in its share in the year 2017.

In just five days of trading in 2018, Amazon's share has already seen a hike of 6.6%. 

Although Microsoft's founder, Bill Gates, now stands behind in terms of net worth, experts point at his charity funding and philanthropist projects where a chunk of his wealth is invested.

According to reports, Gates has given away shares and stocks worth nearly $60 billion in the past few decades.

Combining the same with his current value of assets would skyrocket his worth to nearly $150 billion.