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世界首富不再是盖茨,今年新增的财富超过亚洲首富的全部身家

彭博社 2018年07月22日

亚马逊创始人的身价在近期突破了1500亿美元,不过在计入通胀因素后,贝佐斯今日的财富仍然超过了鼎盛时期的盖茨。

杰夫·贝佐斯成为现代历史上最富有的人。

据彭博社的亿万富翁指数,上周一早上在纽约,亚马逊公司(Amazon.com Inc.)的创始人贝佐斯的净值突破1500亿美元,比世界第二富的微软公司(Microsoft Corp.)联合创始人比尔·盖茨的身价多出550亿美元。

贝佐斯现年54岁,他的身价经过通胀调整后的计算,还是超过了盖茨。盖茨在1999年互联网大热期间身价达到大约1000亿美元,大约相当于今天的1490亿美元。这样算来,亚马逊的首席执行官确实富过地球上的任何人,至少自1982年算起是如此。

贝佐斯跨过1500亿美元身价之际,正是亚马逊准备推出其36小时夏季促销活动Prime Day之时。亚马逊公司的股价在纽约时间上周一上午11:10分达到每股1825.73美元,推动公司2018年收入增长56%,也使得贝佐斯的身价飙升至1508亿美元。

贝佐斯的净值在今年上涨了520亿美元,该金额比最新登顶亚洲首富穆克什·安巴尼的全部身价都要高。贝佐斯的个人身价已非常接近沃尔顿家族的1515亿美元,而沃尔顿家族是地球上最富有的家族王朝。

“难以置信的数字”

克莱赛特家族财富管理办公室(Cresset Family Office)的CEO迈克尔·科尔说:“找不出谁可以与之相提并论的了,这个数字让人难以置信。”

一份美联储的报告显示,在2016年,最富有的1%的美国家庭控制了美国38.6%的财富,而最底层的90%的家庭仅拥有全美国22.8%的财富。去年,乐施会(Oxfam International)调研发现,超过80%的全球收入被纳入到全世界最富有的1%的人的钱包。

在彭博指数榜上,排在贝佐斯后面的是盖茨,身价955亿美元,之后是沃伦·巴菲特,身价830亿美元。

如果盖茨没有捐出他的一些资产,主要是那些捐给比尔及梅琳达·盖茨基金会的钱,他的净值也可能超过1500亿美元。据一份公开的盖茨捐赠款项分析报告,自1996年以来,盖茨捐出了约7亿股的微软股票和29亿美元的现金,还有一些其他资产。(财富中文网)

译者:宣峰

Jeff Bezos is the richest person in modern history.

The Amazon.com Inc. founder’s net worth broke $150 billion in New York on last Monday morning, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. That’s about $55 billion more than Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates, the world’s second-richest person.

Bezos, 54, has now topped Gates in inflation-adjusted terms. The $100 billion mark that Gates hit briefly in 1999 at the height of the dot-com boom would be worth about $149 billion in today’s dollars. That makes the Amazon chief executive officer richer than anyone else on earth since at least 1982, when Forbes published its inaugural wealth ranking.

Bezos crossed the threshold just as Amazon prepares to kick off its 36-hour summer sales event, Prime Day. The company’s share price was $1,825.73 at 11:10 a.m. on last Monday in New York, extending its 2018 gain to 56 percent and giving Bezos a $150.8 billion fortune.

His net worth has soared by $52 billion this year, which is more than the entire fortune of Mukesh Ambani, the newly crowned richest person in Asia. It also puts Bezos’s personal fortune within spitting distance of the Walton family’s $151.5 billion, which is the world’s richest dynasty.

‘Staggering Number’

“It’s hard to even put it in perspective,” said Michael Cole, CEO of Cresset Family Office. “It’s such a staggering number.”

A Federal Reserve report found the top 1 percent of U.S. families controlled 38.6 percent of wealth in the U.S. in 2016, compared with 22.8 percent held by the bottom 90 percent. Last year, Oxfam International found that more than 80 percent of earnings went to the top 1 percent of the world population.

Behind Bezos on the Bloomberg index is Gates, with a $95.5 billion fortune followed by Warren Buffett with $83 billion.

Gates would have had a net worth of more than $150 billion if he’d held onto assets that he’s given away, largely to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He’s donated almost 700 million Microsoft shares and $2.9 billion of cash and other assets since 1996, according to an analysis of his publicly disclosed giving.

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