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    With the founder of Amazon.com Inc. having added $2.4 billion to his fortune, which now stands at a whopping $100.3 billion, many wonder if the world’s richest man will follow the example of fellow moguls Bill Gates and Warren Buffett who have donated billions to charity, Bloomberg wrote.

    The world’s number one online retailer’s shares spiked more than 2 percent based on the company’s prospects for the holiday shopping season, with daily online purchases rising 18.4 percent over last year.

    The $100-plus billion net worth makes Bezos the first billionaire to hit the mark since Bill Gates did it in 1999.

    However, unlike Gates and Buffett, Bezos has given relatively little to charity with about $500 million donated since 2002, although he said in April that he sells 1 billion dollars’ worth of Amazon shares annually to finance his Blue Origin aerospace manufacturing and spaceflight services company.

    The Seattle-based e-commerce behemoth reportedly pulled in more than $1 billion in sales on Thursday, with higher numbers surely to come on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

    Amazon stock jumped 2.58 percent on Friday taking the company’s market value to a staggering $571 billion, just behind Microsoft’s $642 billion.

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    With Black Friday 2017 now winding down, Amazon has announced its five best-selling items, which includes the Echo Dot hands-free, voice-controlled device, the Fire TV Stick — the most powerful streaming media stick under $50 – now with the Alexa Voice Remote, the TP-Link Smart Plug, which works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant for voice control, the Instant Pot Multi- Use Programmable Pressure Cooker and the 23andMe DNA Tester.


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