Zuckerberg, who routes just Amazon.com Inc. creator Jeff Bezos and Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates , eclipsed Buffett Friday as Facebook shares climbed up 2.4 percent, inning accordance with the Bloomberg Billionaires Index .
It &#x 2019; s the very first time that the 3 most affluent individuals on the ranking made their fortunes from innovation. Zuckerberg, 34, is now worth $81.6 billion, about $373 million more than Buffett, the 87-year-old chairman and ceo of Berkshire Hathaway Inc.
Zuckerberg &#x 2019; s climb has actually been driven by financiers &#x 2019; continued accept of Facebook, the social-network giant that got rid of the fallout from a data-privacy crisis that hammered its shares, sending them to an eight-month low of $152.22 on March 27. The stock closed Friday at a record $203.23.
Technology fortunes comprise about a fifth of the more than $5 trillion in wealth tracked by the Bloomberg index, more than other sector. The ranking, which tracks the world &#x 2019; s 500 wealthiest individuals, is upgraded after the close of each trading day in New York.
Buffett, when the world &#x 2019; s most affluent individual, is moving in the ranking thanks to his charitable offering, which he began in earnest in 2006. He &#x 2019; s contributed about 290 million Berkshire Hathaway Class B shares to charities, the majority of it to Gates &#x 2019; s structure. Those shares are now worth more than $50 billion, inning accordance with information assembled by Bloomberg. Zuckerberg has actually vowed to hand out 99 percent of his Facebook stock in his life time.