Shares rose 4.1% on Tuesday, becoming the best performing component of the S & P 500 index, pushing the value of Founder Jeff Bezos to soar $7.2 billion overnight to $19.8 billion, not far from becoming the world’s first $200 billion rich man. It’s the highest wealth ever recorded on the Forbes Global rich list in nearly 40 years. < p > < p > with Amazon’s share price soaring all the way in recent months, the gap between Bezos and Bill Gates, the world’s second richest man, is growing. At present, gates lags behind Bezos by $83.8 billion, almost equivalent to the full worth of musk, the fifth richest person on the Forbes list. Tesla shares rose 2.8% on Tuesday, pushing musk to $85.6 billion.