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- Bill Gates is the second-richest person in the world after Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.
- The Microsoft cofounder is worth an estimated $104 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.
- Gates is so rich that an average American spending $1 is comparable to Gates spending $1.06 million.
- Here are 11 mind-blowing facts that show just how wealthy Gates really is.
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Bill Gates is the second-richest person in the world. The Microsoft cofounder is worth an estimated $104 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.
His wealth is surpassed only by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, who has a current net worth of $118 billion.
The next-richest person after Gates is Bernard Arnault, the French businessman who runs luxury-goods empire LVMH and is worth an estimated $92 billion.
Gates is so rich that an average American spending $1 is similar to Gates spending $1.06 million. And that’s after the Microsoft cofounder has given away approximately 27% of his net worth to charity over the years.
Here are 11 mind-blowing facts that show just how wealthy Gates really is.
1. Bill Gates has become nearly $12 billion richer in the past year alone.
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On May 14, 2018, Gates’ net worth was about $90 billion.
He’s $28 billion richer than he was five years ago in 2014.
2. Based on how much wealthier Gates got in the past year, he makes approximately $380 per second, according to Business Insider calculations.
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That means it would not be worth his time to stop and pick up a $100 bill that he dropped on the ground.
3. If Gates spent $1 million a day, it would take him more about 285 years to spend his fortune, according to Business Insider calculations.
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But although Gates indulges in a few luxuries — such as a private plane and a massive Washington home now worth $125 million — the billionaire is known for being relatively frugal in his spending.
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