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Amazon founder and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos rode a surge in his web giant's stock price to overtake Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates as the richest person in the world. During the rally in Amazon's stock price late Wednesday, Bezos saw his personal paper fortune reach $92.3bn, according to Bloomberg, surpassing the $90. …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Stop picking on that poor kid.

    That trump would say stupid things isn't really news and (sadly) has lost the shock factor. Please stop finding reasons to point it out in otherwise unrelated news items. Its a bit like picking on the slow kid in school at some point... Talk about his actions, but please lets not hear more about his random word-associations that he uses as sentences.

    1. Adam 52 Silver badge

      Re: Stop picking on that poor kid.

      It's related. Trump, being a thin skinned petulant spoilt brat that skirts bankruptcy, will be offended by Bezos being successful, even more so without the privileged background that Trump enjoyed, and may well use his position to influence the fortune of an important tech company.

      So both relevant and with an IT angle.

      1. Joe Dietz

        Re: Stop picking on that poor kid.

        That's the point though - who among us is unaware that trump is a thin skinned brat? Are you actually surprised? Can we just agree that is a basic fact now? Lets talk about something more interesting - like what is Bezos going to do with all that dosh? Apparently not solving world hunger/poverty/disease...

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: Stop picking on that poor kid.

          Do you really think money will solve hunger? Go send a bunch of food to a country with famine, and see how much actually ends up in the hands of those who are hungry, versus the dictators or warlords who run the country and want to keep the population on dependent on them for handouts.

        2. Adam 52 Silver badge

          Re: Stop picking on that poor kid.

          "like what is Bezos going to do with all that dosh? Apparently not solving world hunger/poverty/disease."

          You can read Bezos on the subject of you want. He apparently sees Blue Origin as one step along the route to the survival of humankind (all very Star Trek) and the Washington Post as a means to educate, thereby reducing hunger/poverty/disease by reducing their causes.

          Not as literal as the Gates' foundation but who's to say not effective. Education and technology have historically been more effective at reducing medium to long term poverty than charity.

    2. JLV

      Re: Stop picking on that poor kid.

      They have a bit of a feud going on (who doesn't Trump have a feud with?)

      http://www.newsweek.com/donald-trump-vs-amazon-jeff-bezos-641506

      popcorn.

      Mind you I kinda like Bezos & Amazon. But Amazon has a rep as an employer w very lil work/life balance, they squeeeze you. And they ought to be watched for market domination too.

  2. Gene Cash Silver badge

    Gates selling off $MSFT

    By this time next year, Gates will own no Microsoft shares.

    He's been selling 20m shares each quarter for the past 15 years.

    That's probably the biggest reason has personal valuation has dropped.

  3. elDog

    Amazon says it pays sales taxes in 45 states as well as the District of Columbia. ®

    And the drumpf clan, including all the russians don't even declare their spoils.

    "Only the stupid ones pay taxes." Looosers.

  4. Mark 65 Silver badge

    Bill...?

    Due to a shock stock plunge after revealing Amazon's second-quarter financial results today, Bezos may have just knocked himself off of the top spot. Doh!

    Or Bill just sold some of his share portfolio for shits and giggles.

  5. John Smith 19 Gold badge
    Unhappy

    So Gates get's in a huff, shorts Amazon stock for the win?

    Amusing, but unlikely.

    Although when you've got the kind of wad you could beat s sperm whale to death with...

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