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Jeffrey Preston BEZOS

Primary Position:
Chairman
Primary Company:
Amazon.com
Estimated Net Worth:
At least $66.7 billion
Source of Wealth:
Self-Made
Age:
52
Birthday:
12 January 1964
Religion:
Unknown
Nationality:
United States
Hometown:
Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Marital Status:
Married

Biography

Native of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Born in 1964. Bezos graduated from Princeton University in 1986 and worked on Wall Street. Later he joined Fitel and worked on building a network for international trade. In 1988, he joined Bankers Trust and served as a Vice President. In 1990, he joined D. E. Shaw as a Senior Vice President and served until 1994. In 1994, he founded Amazon.com. Initially, it operated out of the garage of the Bezos' two-bedroom home in suburban Seattle, Washington; the company went ...

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Education History

Institution Name:
Princeton University
Qualification Name:
Bachelor's degree
Education Type:
Undergraduate
Start Date:
 
End Date:
1986
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Interesting Facts

In June 2014, Bangalore, India-based multinational company, Infosys, announced its plans to form a joint venture with Amazon through its private equity firm Catamaran Ventures to offer services which would help offline sellers and small and medium-sized businesses in India. Arjun Narayan, who heads the Bangalore, India-headquartered Catamaran Ventures, confirmed this and said, "Catamaran is partnering with Amazon Asia to offer services that help offline sellers and SMBs in India to get online and to take advantage of the fast-growing online customer base in the country."

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Interests, Passion, Hobbies

Kind of Interests, Passion and Hobbies: Sports - Tennis
Description: May have an interest in tennis. Played tennis with Anna Kournikova in Grand Central Terminal to raise money for underprivileged kids in Harlem.

Kind of Interests, Passion and Hobbies: Politics
Description: Generous political donor gives to both sides of the political aisle. Lifetime giving exceeds $108,000.

Kind of Interests, Passion and Hobbies: Science - Space
Description: Bezos is reportedly very passionate about space and is a spaceflight enthusiast. He stated that he was inspired by the Apollo lunar missions in the 1960s. He said, "As a five-year-old, I watched Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin step onto the moon, and I was hooked. That experience is a big contributor to my passions for science, engineering and exploration, and I know it also inspired millions of others." He also owns an aerospace company called Blue Origin.

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Philanthropy

Giving Profile: Bezos serves as a Director of the Bezos Family Foundation. In 2013, the foundation had assets exceeding $24 million and donated more than $16 million; gives primarily to social and human services, community development and educational causes. Recipients include Teach For America, Woodland Park Zoological Society, Friends of Global Nomads Group, Aspen University and the University of Washington. Bezos has spent $42 million to fund the first full-scale Clock of The Long Now Foundation, designed to last 10,000 years. The Long Now Foundation was established to develop the clock, library projects, and to become the seed of a very long-term cultural institution. Bezos reportedly gifted each girl of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls (OWLAG) an e-book reader, Kindle, in 2012. He has also invested an undisclosed amount to recover the Apollo 11 F-1 engine, which was found by a team lying 14,000 feet below the surface. Apollo 11 was the spaceflight that landed the first humans on the Moon on July 20, 1969. Bezos also served as a Trustee of the Institute for Advanced Study; in October 2014, he was appointed as the Chairman of The Business Council. In May 2016, Bezos pledged to donate $1 million to Mary's Place, a nonprofit organization that provides shelter and other basic facilities to homeless women.

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