From The Sydney Morning-Herald:
A surge in after hours trading for Amazon.com added $US3.3 billion ($4.4 billion) to the fortune of Jeff Bezos, putting him less than $US5 billion ($6.7 billion) away from becoming the world’s richest person.
Bezos saw his fortune surpass $US80 billion for the first time, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. The 53-year old has added $US65.2 billion to his net worth since the index debuted in March 2012 and ended on Thursday (US time) with a net worth of $US79 billion. His net worth will surpass $US80 billion on the index for the first time if the gains hold on Friday.
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Amazon shares added almost $US50 in around five minutes after the company projected sales that may beat estimates in the current quarter, furthering an unbroken 20-year streak of double-digit revenue growth.
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The stock has jumped over 20 per cent this year.
Link to the rest at The Sydney Morning-Herald