The President , Dangote Group , Alhaji Aliko Dangote, saw his net worth increase by $162m to $16. 2bn on Thursday, as the Founder of Amazon , Jeff Bezos , briefly overtook Microsoft ’ s Bill Gates to claim the title of the world ’ s richest person .
According to a real – time billionaires’ index compiled by
Forbes, the net worth of the Chairman of Globacom, Dr . Mike Adenuga , rose by $7m to $6. 2bn.
The net worth of the Founder and Executive Chairman , Famfa Oil Limited , Mrs . Folorunsho Alakija, was unchanged at $1. 6bn.
Bezos leapfrogged Gates , who has been the richest man on the planet since 2013, after a rise in the share price of Amazon ahead of its latest results due later on Thursday.
According to the Forbes’ index , the rise pushed the value of Bezos’ s fortune to $91bn , compared with Gates ’ wealth of $90bn.
But as Amazon shares fell back , Gates regained the top spot.
Their riches are calculated on the share prices of their respective companies and at the current values , Bezos ’ s stake is twice as big as the carmaker Ford .
Amazon shares have soared this year , making the company worth more than $500bn and boosting Bezos’ s wealth, as he owns 17 per cent of the company, according to The Guardian.
He also has a number of other investments, including in Google, Uber , Twitter and airbnb , worth more than $5bn.
At the start of 2017, Bezos was ranked the fourth richest in the world , behind Gates , the investor Warren Buffett and Amancio Ortega , who founded Inditex , the company behind retailer Zara .