Thanks to a surge in Amazon (AMZN, Tech30) stock — the company just announced that it is buying Whole Foods (WFM) — CEO Jeff Bezos added another $1.8 billion to his net worth, according to Bloomberg.
Bezos is now worth about $84.6 billion total, leaving him just $5 billion shy of overtaking Gates as the wealthiest person in the world.
He has a good shot. Bezos, 53, is focused on aggressively expanding Amazon, while Gates, 61, wants to give most of his money away.
Gates created the Giving Pledge with investing guru Warren Buffett — the fourth wealthiest person with $76.8 billion — in 2010.
The pledge asks billionaires to commit to giving away at least half of their money during their lifetimes. More than 150 people have signed the pledge, but Bezos isn’t one of them. Read more at CNN.