Amazon worth more than Microsoft for first time
Move over Microsoft. Amazon is now the biggest company in the state of Washington — and third largest in America.
Amazon’s market value soared above $ 685 billion, making the Jeff Bezos-led giant worth more than Microsoft for the first time ever. Microsoft’s market value currently stands at $ 684 billion.
Amazon(AMZN) now trails only Apple (AAPL), which has a market cap of about $ 815 billion, and Google owner Alphabet (GOOGL), valued at $ 750 billion.
These tech giants are all in a race to the magical trillion dollar level, a height that no U.S. company has topped as of yet.
But Amazon clearly has the most momentum. Its stock has soared nearly 21% this year, well ahead of the gains of Alphabet and Microsoft. Apple’s stock has fallen year-to-date.
Bezos has already passed Microsoft (MSFT) co-founder Bill Gates as the wealthiest person on the planet back in October, according to Forbes and Bloomberg. Bezos is now worth $ 116 billion, nearly $ 25 billion more than Gates.
Berkshire Hathaway(BRKB) CEO Warren Buffett and Facebook’s (FB) Mark Zuckerberg rank third and fourth in the world’s richest rankings.