Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos , 54 , who is currently the world ’ s richest man, has made $ 10 billion this year so far, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index .
Jeff Bezos’ net worth was $99 billion on New Year ’ s Day 2018 . However within one week , his networth had increased to almost $105 billion , making the Amazon founder and CEO richer than Microsoft co- founder Bill Gates had ever been .
As of the close of the stock market on Friday , Bezos ’ net worth hit the $ 109 billion mark , according to Forbes . In other words, Bezos has made $10 billion so far in 2018 — and it ’ s only 13 days into the new year .
Bezos’ wealth is based mostly on his ownership of Amazon stock . And Amazon shares have climbed steeply in 2018 . On Friday , Amazon stock rose by more than 2% , topping $ 1 , 305 per share. That ’ s up from around $ 1, 170 at the start of 2018 .
On Friday , he donated $33 million in college scholarships for children of illegal immigrants who have been given permission to stay in the US under the Obama – era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals ( DACA) program .