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Amazon’s Jeff Bezos briefly passes Bill Gates as world’s richest person

FILE – In this May 5, 2016 file photo, Jeff Bezos, the founder and CEO of, speaks in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington.  Bezos is listed in the credits for “Star Trek Beyond,” the third installment of the rebooted sci-fi franchise.  Producer J.J. Abrams and director Justin Lin confirmed his appearance in interviews on Friday, July 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

A surge in Amazon’s stock price Thursday morning gave Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos a net worth of $92.3 billion, versus $90.8 billion for Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates. But Bezos held the No. 1 spot only briefly, as Amazon’s stock reversed direction.

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