The net worth of the world’s richest man had already risen $17.4 billion in the first month of the year, and he will see his wealth reach a record $123 billion on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index if the gain holds Friday. Bezos had $116.4 billion on the index at the close of trading Thursday and the projected gain will more than wipe out his $4.9 billion loss that day.
The milestone comes after two days of wild swings for tech tycoons as their companies reported earnings. Mark Zuckerberg’s fortune rose $2.5 billion on Thursday as Facebook Inc. reported strong fourth-quarter earnings. His fortune plummeted in after-market trading Wednesday, ultimately trading up as much as 4.2 percent the following day.
Alphabet Inc.’s Larry Page and Sergey Brin lost as much as $3 billion apiece in after-hours trading Thursday as fourth-quarter earnings missed analysts’ estimates, hobbled by rising payments to web-search partners, higher marketing expenses and troubles at YouTube. The stock recouped much of the initial loss by 5 p.m. in New York.
Pierre Omidyar ended the day down about $100 million as his stake in Paypal Holdings Inc. was cut by $400 million while the value of his EBay Inc. holdings rose $300 million. The seesawing came after EBay unveiled plans to shift its payments business to Dutch company Adyen BV from Paypal.