Earnings From Amazon, Google, Microsoft Swell Fortunes Of Tech Billionaires

April 25, 2015 7:10 PM

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According to Forbes’ real-time ranking of the World’s Billionaires, Bezos was Friday morning’s biggest winner as Amazon shares surged nearly 15%. The gains came on the back of quarterly earnings that broke out Amazon’s fast-growing cloud business for the first time and boosted Bezos’ fortune by $4.9 billion to $40.4 billion.

Bezos’ increase was by far the day’s best among the billionaires Forbes tracks, more than quadrupling the billion-dollar increase in the net worth of former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, whose fortune grew to $22.4 billion. Ballmer’s Los Angeles Clippers are locked in a tight first-round series with ...

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