Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg lose $4.5 billion as Trump escalates North Korea war of words


Donald Trump’s war of words with North Korea delivered a $4.5bn hit to three of the world’s richest people as shares continued to fall on Thursday amid heightening political tension.

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg all saw huge sums wiped off their paper worth as investors sold off equities and headed for perceived safe havens, such as gold.

Mr Bezos, who briefly became the richest person in the world last week as Amazon shares surged, was the biggest loser of the three on Thursday. He saw $2bn (£1.5bn) wiped off the value of his shares in the online retail behemoth in a matter of hours.


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