Jeff Bezos regains the title of world's richest person

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Jeff Bezos is on track to become the world's richest person.

This is not the first time that Bezos has outpaced Gates - it previously happened last July 27 when Amazon shares hit a historic high, though Gates took back the lead hours later.

Bezos' net worth soared to $90 billion Friday after Amazon's stock went up 12.5 percent, according to data from the Bloomberg Billionaires Index and calculations from CNBC.

Jeff Bezos is on track to claim his place as the richest person on the planet.

Amazon shares jumped more than 11% in early dealings on Wall Street, with third quarter revenues up 34% to $43.7bn, helped by its recent purchase of the Whole Foods Markets chain.

Bezos surpassed fellow billionaire and Microsoft founder Bill Gates by $500 million, Forbes reported.

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Bezos also led the way on a morning that lifted the fortunes of some of the richest technology billionaires in the U.S. by a combined US$17 billion.

Gates also added to his fortune Friday morning with the rise in Microsoft stock after its earnings.

Next up is Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who's ranked fifth on the list at $72.4 billion, according to Bloomberg.

Bezos, 53, has added $18.1 billion to his fortune this year. However, Bill Gates remained at the top position thanks to a 7 per cent spike in Microsoft's stock overnight.

Bezos has not yet made the pledge, but he has asked his Twitter followers in the past for ideas on how he should donate some of his money. Microsoft stock climbed about $6 a share, so Gates added nearly $600 million to his personal wealth.

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