Jeff Bezos Once Again The World’s Richest Person After Rollercoaster Week


Amazon chief Jeff Bezos ended a bumper car week against Tesla founder Elon Musk by once again becoming the world’s richest person, with an estimated net worth of $181.5 billion (despite his fortune falling $1.4 billion on Friday). The two men traded places nearly every day this past week for the top spot on our Real-Time Billionaires list.

Markets opened lower Friday after President-elect Joe Biden released the details of his proposed $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package in a speech the previous night, with investors likely reacting to the potential of a second Senate impeachment trial of President Trump in delaying passage of the legislation for weeks, along with the possibility of higher taxes in the incoming Democratic administration.

Amazon’s stock fell by just under 1% by Friday’s closing bell, while Tesla’s dropped by over 2%, enough to put Bezos back ahead of Musk. More broadly, tech stocks are down, also likely due to Biden’s stimulus package. Meanwhile, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed the week down 0.9%, while the Nasdaq and S&P 500 both finished down 1.5% respectively.

Still, there were plenty of billionaire winners. China’s Ma Huateng, chairman of Tencent Holdings, which owns the country’s most popular app, Weibo, saw his fortune increase $6.6 billion as shares in Tencent staged a midweek rally, for a new estimated net worth of $62.8 billion.

And back in the U.S., Zoom Video Communications’ founder, Eric Yuan had a good week as well, with his fortune bumping up to $1.5 billion to a new estimated net worth of nearly $17 billion.

Zoom announced on Friday that it sold $2 billion worth of its shares in a secondary public offering. Airbnb CEO and co-founder Brian Chesky saw his net worth increase $1.4 billion to a new estimated $12.9 billion, amid headlines that the home-sharing service cancelled Washington, D.C. reservations to prevent additional unrest during Biden’s inauguration. Airbnb shares rose 13% over the past week.

Source: Forbes

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