Bill Gates, the world’s richest person, hit an all-time high of $90 billion on Friday, when his net worth hit $90 billion. This was thanks to Gates’ gains in public holdings including Canadian National Railway Company and Ecolab.
He’s well ahead of Amancio Ortega, the Spanish retailer who is the world’s second richest man. Ortega’s fortune is $76 billion.
Bill Gates’ net worth has crossed the $90 billion threshold, according to a real-time rankings from Bloomberg’s Billionaire Index.
Forbes, which also tracks billionaires’ wealth, estimates Gates’ net worth at a more modest $78.7 billion. His net worth surpassed $60 billion in 2012 and reached $80 billion two years later.
Gate’s friend and investor Warren Buffett also tops the lists on a regular basis. That’s as rich as he has ever been, though not as rich as any man has ever been-Mansa Musa I of Mali, a king who ruled West Africa in the 14th century, had a net worth that peaked around $400 billion (inflation-adjusted).
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ net worth rose $6.5 billion this year.
Since launching the initiative, some 154 billionaires worldwide have joined the pledge, including Elon Musk, Larry Ellison, and Sheryl Sandberg.