Amazon CEO Now Second Richest Person on Earth

The guy who looks a lot like Dr. Evil is now the second richest dude on the planet (and all without having to go to six years of Evil Medical School). Jeff Bezos, who founded e-commerce giant Amazon, has leap-frogged Warren Buffet to place second on the "Bloomberg Billionaires Index". He's now worth about $75.6 billion. Another ranking by 'Forbes' magazine has Bezos' value at $75.2 billion.

He added $1.5 billion to his net worth after Amazon gained $9 billion in market value during trading hours Wednesday.

Amazon isn't Bezos's only venture. He also owns space exploration company Blue Origin. Its goal is to eventually take people on "space tourism" trips and to deliver satellites into orbit for corporate climates. So far, the company has only conducted test flights.

Bezos moved past investing guru Warren Buffett and Spanish fashion tycoon Amancio Ortega, who are worth $74.9 billion and $74.2 billion respectively, to take the number two spot on Bloomberg's billionaire list.

Topping both richest-person lists is still Bill Gates. As founder and CEO of Microsoft, Gates has amassed an $86 billion fortune.

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