Newswire: Jeff Bezos was the world’s richest person for a few hours yesterday

Treating workers like disposable automatons at every level of your supply chain apparently pays off, as Bloomberg reports that Amazon founder Jeff Bezos was, for a few brief hours yesterday morning, the richest person on Earth. The cause for Bezos’ brief rise and subsequent fall from “richest” to “still rich enough to buy and sell your entire family” was a surge in Amazon stock in advance of the company’s quarterly earnings report, which briefly estimated Bezos’ net worth at $92.3 billion, ahead of Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates’ $90.8 billion. Then Amazon‘s earnings report came in at 40 cents per share, well short of median estimates of $1.42 per share, leaving Gates with $89.8 billion and Bezos with $88.8 billion at the end of the business day, according to Deadline. Looks like it’s going to be regular old lobster and not the genetically …

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