Recently, Microsoft received a $10 billion contract from the Pentagon, ahead of Amazon — this affected the distribution of places in the ranking.
November 15, Bill Gates topped the ranking of billionaires according to Bloomberg — for the first time in two years. The state of Microsoft co-founder was estimated at $110 billion, which helped him bypass Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos ($109 billion).
CNN noted two factors that could affect the ranking of places. Microsoft shares for 2019 rose 48%, and Amazon’s positions shook after the company’s autumn earnings report.
Also, the Pentagon contract on the creation of a cloud storage infrastructure, which both companies fought for, affected the alignment of forces. On October 26, it turned out that Microsoft received the $10 billion contract — Amazon representatives called the solution illogical.
In July, Bezos officially divorced his wife MacKenzie Bezos, leaving her $38 billion worth of Amazon shares. In the latest Bloomberg report, MacKenzie Bezos is ranked 24th.