According to Bloomberg, Jeff Bezos is the world’s richest person with a net worth of $105.1 billion -- eclipsing Bill Gates’ previous record. The Amazon founder and CEO’s wealth comes mostly from 78.9 million shares of his company’s stock, which were up 56% in 2017.
The Obamas’ presidential portraits have been revealed in the National Portrait Gallery. Barack and Michelle picked two African American artists, Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald, to portray them. The former first lady’s portrait “overemphasizes an element of couturial spectacle, but also projects a rock-solid cool,” writes the NYT.
In a speech praising American police, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said “the office of sheriff is a critical part of the Anglo-American heritage of law enforcement.” The NAACP has accused Sessions of racism; lawyers point out it’s another term for common law and refers to shared legal roots with Anglo-Saxon England.
The government shut down early Friday morning thanks to Rand Paul, before Congress passed a bipartisan two-year budget deal hours later. The Kentucky Tea Party senator had demanded a vote on an amendment to keep the budget caps in place in objection to to the bill’s massive spending increases.
Steven Soderbergh is back with the horror movie ‘Unsane.’ The grainy, dark film, shot entirely with an iPhone, stars Claire Foy (‘The Crown’) who’s dealing with a digital stalker. “I look at this as potentially one of the most liberating experiences that I’ve ever had as a filmmaker,” he said.
On assignment for ’60 Minutes,’ Oprah Winfrey visited the grave of Recy Taylor, the woman she referenced in her Golden Globes acceptance speech. Taylor was gang-raped by a group white men in Alabama in 1944; two juries refused to indict the men for their crimes.
LeBron James became the seventh NBA player to join the 30,000-point club in Tuesday’s game against the San Antonio Spurs. The Cleveland Cavaliers forward is the youngest to make this record at 33 years and 24 days, besting previous record-holder Kobe Bryant.
Former star of the hit TV drama 'St. Elsewhere,' actor/director Denzel Washington has earned popular and critical acclaim for his roles in an array of feature films, including 'Glory,' 'Malcolm X,' 'Training Day,' 'American Gangster' and 'Flight.'
Julia Louise-Dreyfus won two Screen Actors Guild awards, bringing her total SAG count higher than any other actor’s. The actress, who has been battling breast cancer for months, could not attend the ceremony but shared a funny Tweet to mark the occasion.
Singer Dolly Parton holds two new Guinness World Records: She’s the only musician with Top 20 hits across six consecutive decades, from the 1960s to the 2010s. She’s also the female artist with the most hits on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart.
WSJ reports that officials warned Jared Kushner in 2017 that Wendi Deng Murdoch might use their friendship to help China, including lobbying for a $100 million garden project. The Chinese-American businesswoman is the ex-wife of Rupert Murdoch, exec chairman of the company that owns the WSJ.
Following a public endorsement of Roy Moore by President Trump, outgoing Republican senator Jeff Flake wrote a check to his democratic opponent. Eight women have accused Moore of pursing them romantically when they were in their teens and he his 30s.