On-again, off-again richest person on the planet Jeff Bezos is back in the No. 1 spot after banking more than $10 billion in a single night (which is probably due at least in part to Amazon stealth signing people like me up for Prime when they have no freakin' clue until they get their bank statement, but that's neither here nor there).
Bezos once again ascended to the spot of Earth's richest S.O.B. after Forbes updated their rankings on Friday. The 53-year-old Amazon CEO is officially worth $93.1 billion, which is more than $3 billion above Bill Gates. This overnight fortune was brought about after Amazon experienced a single day stock bump of $62 billion.
Amazon currently sits as one of just four publicly listed American companies with shares that trade for more than $1,000 apiece. Additionally their stock is up by 47 percent this year. According to CBS News, this stock surge was brought about by:
...[A] blockbuster earnings report, with revenue for the third quarter rising nearly 34 percent to $43.7 billion, up from $32.7 billion a year ago. Amazon benefited during the period from growing corporate demand for its internet cloud services and record online sales during.