On Friday, Gates surpassed Amazon ( CEO Jeff Bezos to reclaim the world's richest man with a net worth of $ 110 billion , according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. )
For the first time co-founder of Microsoft ( holds the first position in more than two years. He briefly headed Bezos last month after Amazon announced that its earnings for the three months ending in September had decreased by nearly 28% from a year earlier. But Gates' time at the top was short-lived. )
He regained his lead as shares of Microsoft ( were up nearly 48% this year, which helped boost his value in the company . In October, Microsoft defeated Amazon for a $ 1 )0 billion cloud computing agreement with the Pentagon, adding additional drama to the Gates / Bezos riches race.
Bezos, who this year paid a significant portion of his share of Amazon divorce from his wife of 25 years, MacKenzie Bezos, now sits second with a net worth of $ 108.7 billion.
Gates recently commented on her wealth in response to a wealth tax proposed by some Democratic political candidates, including Senator Elizabeth Warren.
He said that he had already paid more than $ 10 billion in taxes and would be fine with raising it to $ 20 billion. However, having to pay $ 100 billion will prompt him to start "doing some math for what's left of me."