Bezos graduated from Princeton University in 1986 and worked in Wall Street, New York. He joined Fitel and worked on building a network for international trade. In 1988, he joined Bankers Trust as an Executive and rose through the ranks to serve as Vice President before leaving in 1990. He then joined D. E. Shaw as a Senior Vice President and served until 1994. In the same year, he founded Amazon.com. Initially, it operated out of the garage of Bezos' two-bedroom home in ...Contact us to see more Biography
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In July 2016, Bezos joined the Defense Innovation Advisory Board, an organization set up in 2016 to bring technological innovation and best practices of Silicon Valley, California to the US Military.Contact us to see more Interesting Facts
Interests, Passion, Hobbies
Kind of Interests, Passion and Hobbies: Finance
Description: Was associated with several financial services companies, including Bankers Trust and D.E. Shaw.
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.
Kind of Interests, Passion and Hobbies: Reading
Description: Likes to read about space travel and science fiction. One of Bezos' favorite book is "The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro," reportedly the most influential book on Bezos. Talking about the book he said "Before reading it, I didn't think a perfect novel was possible, I am entranced by that: the idea of the impossible achieved."
Giving Profile: Bezos serves as a Director of the Bezos Family Foundation. In 2014, the foundation had more than $28 million in assets and donated more than $22 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 water 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 Chairman of The Business Council. In May 2016, Bezos pledged to donate $1 million to Mary's Place, a non-profit organization that provides shelter and other basic facilities to homeless women.Contact us to see more Philanthropy
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