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Jeffrey Preston BEZOS

Primary Position:
Chairman and CEO
Primary Company:
Amazon.com
Estimated Net Worth:
At least $75.7 billion
Source of Wealth:
Self-Made
Age:
53
Birthday:
12 January 1964
Religion:
Unknown
Nationality:
United States
Hometown:
Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Marital Status:
Married

Biography

Bezos was born in New Mexico in January 1964. He graduated from Princeton University in 1986 and went on to work 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 Senior Vice President. In 1994, Bezos founded Amazon.com. The company, which initially operated out of the ...

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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

Bezos reportedly developed deep and varied scientific interests during his childhood. He rigged an electric alarm to keep his younger siblings out of his room and converted his parents' garage into a laboratory for his science projects.

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Interests, Passion, Hobbies

Kind of Interests, Passion and Hobbies: Reading
Description: Likes to read about space travel and science fiction. One of Bezos's favorite books is "The Remains of the Day" by Kazuo Ishiguro.

Kind of Interests, Passion and Hobbies: Vehicles - Cars
Description: Reportedly owns a Chevrolet Blazer, which he loves to drive in his spare time. He has driven from New York to Seattle, Washington.

Kind of Interests, Passion and Hobbies: Finance - Investment
Description: Reportedly has invested in numerous companies through Bezos Expeditions.

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Philanthropy

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 is also a former 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.

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