Jeff Bezos is closing in on the title of world's richest person

Shares of Amazon are are up 3.76% in the pre-market trade, which means that overnight the net-worth of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos grew by approximately $2.8 billion to $81.5 billion.

The move is in response to Amazon's huge earnings beat.The retail behemoth reported revenue of $35.71 billion, beating estimates of $35.3 billion. The company also surpassed earnings estimates of non-GAAP earnings per share of $1.07, reporting EPS of $1.48.

Jeff Bezos is the largest shareholder of Amazon, with about 80.9 million shares or 16.93% of total outstanding shares, according to his latest filing on February 16 of this year.

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Use your childhood passions as a starting point

Bezos' passion for science as a child fueled his ability to create, innovate and discover.

It's reported that he invented an electric alarm in his parents' garage to keep his half-siblings out of his room. 

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Remember where you came from

Bezos used to spend his summers working on his grandfather's cattle farm. It's helped keep Bezos humble, and serves as a reminder to always work hard.

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Be prepared for ideas to strike you at any time

Bezos wrote down his business plan on a car ride from NY to Seattle.

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Be open to rebranding

Bezos originally wanted to call Amazon "Cadabra" but changed his mind when potential customers were mispronouncing and mishearing the name. 

Another former name, "Relentless," still redirects its URL to Amazon today.

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Abide by the "Two Pizza Rule"

Bezo's golden rule: In order to have a successful business venture, one should form small teams consisting of the number of people it would take to finish two pizzas.

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Don't think that you're immune to failure

Amazon.com crashed for 40 minutes in 2013, costing the company $4.8M. 

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Never stop expanding 

Since Amazon has launched, the company has made several million-dollar acquisitions, such as Zappos, IMDB and The Washington Post.

Bezos also founded a space travel company called Blue Origin in 2000 and is currently chairing the construction of  a 10,000 year clock in Texas.

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Train your employees for success, no matter where they go

Amazon employees leave the company skilled and ready to blaze trails of their own. Former employees include Jason Kilar (founder of Hulu and Vessel) and Charlie Cheever (founder of Quora).

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Don't limit yourself to one specialty 

Amazon started solely as an e-book seller. The company now sells goods across over 15 categories.

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On March 29, Bezos surpassed Amancio Ortega, chairman of Inditex fashion group ($74.1 billion) and Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffet ($75.5 billion) to become the world's second richest person.

Now Bezos is on the verge of becoming the wealthiest person in the world. According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, Bezos saw his fortune surpass $80 billion for the first time last night.

The only person in the world wealthier than Bezos is Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates, with a net-worth of $87.1 billion. Bezos is just $5.5 billion away from matching Gates.

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