Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is world's richest person

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According to Bloomberg's daily billionaire index, Bezos' net worth reached US$105.1 billion Monday.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is now the world's richest person, CNN reported.

He and Bill Gates traded the title of world's richest person several times a year ago.

Gates, 62, would have a net worth of more than $US150 billion if he'd held onto assets that he's given away, largely to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The Microsoft founder is now worth $91.9 billion according to Forbes, and $93.3 billion according to Bloomberg, enough for No. 2 on both lists.

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Amazon's share price, and therefore Bezos' net worth, has jumped significantly since September. He lost the title later in the day when Amazon's stock dropped, returning him to second place with a net worth just below $90 billion.

Bezos' other holdings include The Washington Post and Blue Origin, a private space travel business that intends to take tourists into space. According to publicly disclosed donations, Gates has given away 700 million shares of Microsoft - worth almost $62 billion at today's value - and close to $3 billion in cash over the years.

Bezos' wealth peaked as Amazon stock prices have climbed on the back of strong holiday shopping performance.

Bezos came under fire a year ago when The New York Times questioned his level of philanthropic giving.

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