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Gates puts the Bill in billionaire as his fortune jumps to $90 billion

Gates puts the Bill in billionaire as his fortune jumps to $90 billion
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According to the latest Bloomberg Billionaire's Index, Bill Gates is now worth $90 billion, putting him well clear of the second wealthiest individual Inditex founder Amancio Ortega.

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Bill Gates – the world’s richest person – keeps getting richer.

According to the latest Bloomberg Billionaire’s Index calculations, his fortune is now worth $90 billion (79.4 billion euros), an increase of $15 billion since the begining of 2016 and up from less than $60 billion in 2012.

The Microsoft co-founder’s current net worth is the equivalent of 0.5 percent of the entire US gross national product.

Bill Gates's net worth is now equal to 0.5% of U.S. GDP https://t.co/cP8r3Y8z7rpic.twitter.com/dcWdBKm8DJ

— Bloomberg (@business) August 23, 2016

Most recently it has been boosted by the rising value of his investments in the Canadian National Railway Company and the water, hygiene and energy technologies firm Ecolab.

How Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and other successful people start their day https://t.co/lv8RhkeYoB

— TIME.com (@TIME) August 22, 2016

The second wealthiest individual is Spain’s Amancio Ortega, the 80-year-old founder of clothing chain Inditex, the parent company of Zara. His worth is calculated at $75.4 billion (66.5 billion euros).

In October 2015 Ortega did briefly overtake Gates as the world richest person.

“Amancio Ortega and My Way” https://t.co/X3bxAP2E37 by emanuelebertoli</a> on <a href="https://twitter.com/LinkedIn">LinkedIn

— Emanuele Bertoli (@emanuelebertoli) August 23, 2016

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