Amazon boss Bezos becomes world's third richest
Mr Bezos owns 18% of Amazon's shares, which rose 2% in trading on
Thursday. Forbes estimated his fortune to be $65.3bn (£49.5bn).
Amazon's revenue beat analysts' expectations, climbing 31% from last year to $30.4bn in the second quarter.
Profit for the e-commerce giant was $857m, compared with $92m in 2015.
to Forbes estimates, Mr Bezos's fortune is only surpassed by Microsoft
founder Bill Gates, worth $78bn (£59bn), and the $73.1bn (£55bn) fortune
of Zara founder Amancio Ortega.
Amazon had developed a reputation
for announcing little or no profit each quarter, but appeared to hit a
turning point last year and has seen improving earnings since.
Amazon shares have spiked 50% since February.