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Jeff Bezos is $5 billion away from being the world's richest person

Thanks to a surge in Amazon stock -- the company just announced that it is buying Whole Foods -- Bezos added another $1.8 billion to his net worth, according to Bloomberg. Bezos is now worth about $84.6 billion total, leaving him just $5 billion shy of overtaking Gates as the wealthiest person in the world.