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Jeff Bezos Made $6.2 Billion in 5 Minutes and Became the World’s Richest Person (How Was Your Thursday?)

Want to see what that much cash looks like? Here’s a visual representation, because a picture is worth 6.24 billion words.

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BY Bill Murphy Jr. - 30 Oct 2017

PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images

Imagine you’re good friends with Jeff Bezos, and you had a great day, and you can't wait to tell him about it. So you email Jeff Bezos at Amazon to share the details, and then you ask him, politely: "Enough about me Jeff, how was your day?"

Jeff doesn't want to upstage you-;but he can't help it, if he's being truthful:

“Not bad," he'll say. "I made more than $6 billion in five minutes.”

This is no joke. Amazon’s stock jumped 7.1 percent yesterday afternoon, on the news of its amazing third quarter earnings report.

At 4 p.m., as the market closed, it was trading at $972 a share; five minutes later in after hours trading, it popped to $1,041.15. And since Bezos still owns about 17 percent of Amazon’s common stock, if you do the math-;boom, $6.24 billion.

That puts Bezos's total net worth at about $83.5 billion, and should return him to the top spot on the list of the world's richest people .

He wasn't the only master of the universe to see a giant leap Thursday. Larry Page and Sergei Brin picked up $1.2 billion and $1.15 billion each, after Alphabet's stock surged on an earnings report. And Bill Gates is worth an extra $340 million based on Microsoft's jump.

But seriously, your friend Jeff Bezos's increase? It's insane. I don't begrudge him; Amazon is an amazing company, but just how much is $6.24 billion?

  • It's enough to buy lunch for literally every single person in the United States (at about $19 each, mind you).
  • It's almost exactly twice President Trump's entire net worth, according to Forbes.
  • It's just a bit less than the entire gross domestic product of the country of Kyrgyzstan.

In fact, to visualize this, let's pretend that this briefcase emojii (

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