Amazon founder eclipses record held by Bill Gates to become richest person ever

Jeff Bezos,The founder of online retail giant Amazon, has climbed above Microsoft founder Bill Gates to be named as the richest man on earth according to Bloomberg.

Mr Bezos worth reached over $NZ146 billion on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index yesterday, due to the fact that Amazon.com Inc. shares added to 12-month gains which have seen the comapny's market value rise by almost 57 per cent.

The latest jump has led Bloomberg to name Mr Bezo as the wealthiest man in the history of the publication's records, with the Amazon founder leaping ahead of the previous high attained by Bill Gates in 1999.

In 1999 Bloomberg reported Mr Gates amassed a fortune of around $NZ130 billion, a figure which they say would be close to $NZ150 billion today if he hadn't given much of his fortune away to various charities setup in his name.

As well as Amazon, Mr Bezos also controls space exploration business Blue Origin and newspaper the Washington Post.

Honouree Jeff Bezos speaks at the 21st Annual HRC National Dinner at the Washington Convention Centre on October 28, 2017 in Washington, DC.
Jeff Bezos speaks at the 21st Annual HRC National Dinner at the Washington Convention Centre on October 28, 2017 in Washington, DC. Source: Getty



Watch: Aussie farmer creates powerful anti-bullying video after death of young girl

Warning: This story has content that may be distressing for some readers. 

A Western Australian farmer is being praised for speaking up about bullying, suicide and depression, spurred by a recent death of a young girl. 

Craig Eastell posted a video yesterday captioned: 'I think the people that ask for help are legends, asking for help is harder then fighting it alone in your head!'

Mr Eastell speaks to the camera from a farm.

"It's ridiculous that someone has to go and get that far down from people bullying that they feel it's the only way out," he said. 

He spoke about bullies, calling them "worms".

"They're no better than that bit of rotten leaf I'm kicking around on the ground."

Mr Eastell drew on his own experience.

"I know a little bit about depression and suicide, I tried to commit suicide a few years ago."

"It's a sad thing to see when people are taking their own lives for things that can be helped... There's always a way out other than suicide."

"Just talk to somebody."

Mr Eastell's video has been watched 191,000 times. 

Of the hundreds of comments, many are praising Mr Eastell for sharing his story and speaking up about bullying. 

Michael Rethus wrote: "Good on ya mate. You're an inspiration of how more people should be. Should be more of it."

Tammie Davis commented: "I just have to say, thank you for being the man you are and making that video, keep spending the message to the world, say no to bullying and some one is always ready to listen."

Zara Thomas said: "Thank you for standing up for those to afraid to stand up for themselves. Thank you for offering your time and energy to those who may need an ear to listen to them, or a shoulder to cry on. You are one in a million."

Need to talk? 1737 – Free call or text 1737 any time for support from a trained counsellor
Lifeline – 0800 543 354
Youthline - 0800 376 633, free text 234 or email talk@youthline.co.nz
Samaritans – 0800 726 666
Healthline – 0800 611 116
Depression helpline: 0800 111 757 or free text 4202 or www.depression.org.nz
The Lowdown: A website to help young New Zealanders recognise and understand depression or anxiety. www.thelowdown.co.nz or free text 5626
SPARX.org.nz – Online e-therapy tool provided by the University of Auckland that helps young people learn skills to deal with feeling down, depressed or stressed
OUTLine NZ – 0800 688 5463 for support related to sexual orientation or gender identity

 

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RSPCA seizes dog after shocking vision shows Gold Coast man booting it

The RSPCA has taken a dog which was allegedly kicked by its owner at Currumbin on the Gold Coast into custody, and says charges are possible.

A member of the public filmed the man kicking and violently pulling the lead of the grey staffordshire terrier, before posting the footage online earlier this week.

A woman present does not appear to react to the treatment of the dog.

An RSPCA spokesperson last night told 9NEWS that they had intervened and confronted the man.

The dog, which was healthy, had been seized from the owner, but a larger dog shown in the footage was not.

The spokesperson urged anyone who witnessed the incident to come forward, adding that charges could be laid.