Bill Gates may have been richer than Bezos and Musk combined if he'd kept his Microsoft shares

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Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates (Pic: Emmanuel Dunand, AFP)
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates (Pic: Emmanuel Dunand, AFP)

Bill Gates might have ended up richer than Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos combined by hanging onto Microsoft Corp. rather than selling.

Gates had the equivalent of 2.06 billion shares in September 1998, when the software maker first became the world’s most-valuable company, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

Microsoft took back the top ranking from Apple Inc. on 29 October.

Gates’s 1998 holding would have been valued at about $693 billion on Friday, topping Musk’s net worth of $340.4 billion and Bezos’s net worth of $200.3 billion.

He sold the vast majority of his Microsoft stock before leaving the board in 2020.

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