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Amazon executive chairman Jeff Bezos

Amazon founder and executive chairman Jeff Bezos is the richest person in the world — again.
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Jeff Bezos has retaken the top spot in the never-ending battle for the title of world’s richest person. The Amazon founder and executive chairman, who has been selling billions of dollars worth of Amazon stock in recent weeks, returned to No. 1 on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index on Monday.

He’s worth $200 billion, according to Bloomberg, up a cool $23.4 billion so far in 2024. Elon Musk dropped down to No. 2 with a net worth of $198 billion. The Tesla CEO has lost $31.3 billion this year as Tesla stock has plummeted more than 24% to start 2024. It’s Bezos’ first time atop the Bloomberg list since the fall of 2021, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Bezos, Musk, and Bernard Arnault, chairman of the luxury conglomerate LVMH, have long taken turns trading the title of world’s richest. And according to another ranking, Arnault still sits on top of the world. Forbes, which calculates estimated net worths differently than Bloomberg, still had Arnault and his family at No. 1 on its Real Time Billionaires List as of Monday, with $228.8 billion. Forbes ranks Musk second at $202.3 billion and Bezos third with $198.5 billion.

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Musk’s net worth, which is tied to Tesla’s stock, has taken a big hit in recent weeks. The EV maker’s stock has plummeted in just the first two months of the year, at one point making it the worst performing company on the S&P 500. And Musk’s wealth took another blow early this year when a judge voided his historic $56 billion executive compensation package, declaring it unfair to shareholders.

Bezos, meanwhile, sold a total of 50 million Amazon shares worth about $8.4 billion over the course of just nine trading days last month. Those sales were the first time Bezos sold Amazon stock since 2021. He could end up saving almost $600 million in taxes on his Amazon stock sales because of his recent move to Florida — a state with no capital gains tax.