How Jeff Bezos became the richest person on earth

Jeff Bezos’s stake in has soared nearly 500 times since the online retailer’s public debut two decades ago and hit $88 billion Friday.

The rise catapulted him past Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates as the world’s richest person, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.   Over the years, Seattle-based Amazon has expanded its product offerings and global footprint, introducing the Kindle book reader, adding cloud computing services, producing original television and film programming, selling home voice.

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