This is how Jeff Bezos became the second richest man on the planet

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Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon, is now the second richest person on the planet.

On Wednesday, his personal fortune jumped to $75.6 billion following a rise in Amazon's stock. He eclipsed legendary investor Warren Buffett and now stands just below Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates.

While there's no playbook for becoming one of the world's richest individuals, Bezos' career has been marked by risk-taking and learning from failure, and sheds light on what it takes to be incredibly successful.

After graduating from Princeton University, Bezos joined a startup and then worked on Wall Street before he quit and, against advice from his family and colleagues, ditched his stable job to dive into what was then a little-known gambit called the internet.

In the years that followed, Bezos launched Amazon, the source of his incredible wealth.

This infographic, created by Funders and Founders designer Anna Vital, explores his climb to the top.

One time use only: Jeff Bezos infographic

In addition to leading Amazon, Bezos plays key roles in some of the most cutting edge companies in space travel, AI, cloud computing and other emerging sectors.

Check out the 12 books that inspired his career

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