(Bloomberg) — Jeff Bezos plans to buy Amazon.com Inc. within the next 12 months. Plans to sell more than 50 million shares of Inc., potentially taking advantage of the stock’s surge to put him within reach of becoming the world’s richest person.
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The revelation comes after Amazon reported its best online sales growth since the start of the pandemic, sending its shares up nearly 8% to $172. According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, Bezos’ wealth increased by $12.1 billion on Friday, leaving him $8.1 billion behind first-place Elon Musk. Bezos has not been number 1 on the index since 2021.
The gap between Bezos and Musk is closing as shares of Amazon and Tesla Inc. move in opposite directions. Amazon has benefited from a surge in tech stocks that has sent US stock indexes to all-time highs, while Tesla has been surrounded by a series of negative headlines. Musk’s wealth could also be hit after a Delaware judge this week struck down his $55 billion pay package.
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Bezos, 60, adopted a trading plan to sell 50 million shares at any time before Jan. 31, 2025, according to a filing on Friday. At the current share price it would be worth about $8.6 billion.
Amazon disclosed planned stock sales by Bezos, other board members and senior executives in its annual report, complying with new Securities and Exchange Commission rules for corporate insiders selling shares under pre-arranged trading plans. Transparency is required.
A spokesman for the Seattle-based company declined to comment on the planned stock sale.
If Bezos follows through on the plan, it would be the first time he has sold Amazon stock since 2021. He had bought a share of the company in May, his…