How Amazon's Jeff Bezos became the world's second richest person

How Amazon's Jeff Bezos became the world's second richest person
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Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon, is now the second richest person on the planet.

On Wednesday, his personal fortune jumped to $75.6 billion (S$105.68 billion) following a rise in Amazon's stock.

He eclipsed legendary investor Warren Buffett and now stands just below Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates.

While there's no playbook for becoming one of the world's richest individuals, Bezos' career has been marked by risk-taking and learning from failure, and sheds light on what it takes to be incredibly successful.

After graduating from Princeton University, Bezos joined a startup and then worked on Wall Street before he quit and, against advice from his family and colleagues, ditched his stable job to dive into what was then a little-known gambit called the internet.

In the years that followed, Bezos launched Amazon, the source of his incredible wealth.

This infographic, created by Funders and Founders designer Anna Vital, explores his climb to the top.

Photo: CNBC

In addition to leading Amazon, Bezos plays key roles in some of the most cutting edge companies in space travel, AI, cloud computing and other emerging sectors.

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