Amazon founder Bezos toppled to No 3 as Ortego is now world’s 2nd richest person

Amancio Ortega

following a brief stint as the richest person in the world last week, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos has now dropped two spots on Forbes’ real-time billionaire rankings to third place behind Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates and Spanish retail tycoon Amancio Ortega.

Bezos started this week as the world’s second richest person behind Gates, but dropped behind Ortega by the end of the day on Monday, Forbes reports.

At that point, Bezos had an estimated $84.1 billion fortune, $200 million less than Ortega’s $84.3 billion fortune.

Bezos reclaimed second place during the day on Tuesday but dropped to third again when markets closed, with an estimated net worth of $84.6 billion. Amazon stock is down nearly 5% since Thursday, the day it missed quarterly earnings estimates; Bezos’ net worth is down $4.1 billion over the same time period.

Ortega’s net worth, meanwhile, has climbed $1.2 billion since Thursday, as stock of his clothing retailer Inditex climbed more than 1%.

Bezos and Ortega are the only two billionaires who have been at the top of Forbes’ real-time billionaire rankings, but have never held the No. 1 spot on an annual Forbes’ Billionaires List, usually published in March.

Ortega first surpassed Gates in October 2015, for less than a day, and then spent two days on top in September 2016. Bezos spent less than four hours as the world’s richest person on Thursday July 27, before he too dropped to second — and now third — place.


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