Jeffrey Preston BEZOS

Primary Position Chairman Age 52
Primary Company Amazon.com Birthday 12 Jan 1964
Estimated Net Worth At least $63.3 billion Residences Beverly Hills, California, United States
New York, New York, United States
Medina, Washington, United States
Source Self-Made
Hometown
Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Religion Unknown
Ethnicity Caucasian
Alternative Names Jeffrey P. Bezos
Jeff Bezos
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 public in 1997. Bezos served as the President of the company from 1994 to 1999 and from 2000 to present. He has been serving as the Chairman since 1994 and CEO since 1996. In 2000, he founded an aerospace company, Blue Origin to develop new technology for spaceflight and has since privately funded. In 2013, he acquired The Washington Post for a reported $250 million through Nash Holdings, his private investment company. He is also the Founder of Bezos Expeditions, which manages Bezos' personal venture capital investments and his philanthropic interests. Generous philanthropist is associated has donated to several non-profit organizations including Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Washington United for Marriage, Princeton University and the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI). In October 2014, Bezos was appointed as the Chairman of The Business Council.

Education History

Institution Name Qualification Name Education Type Start Date End Date
Miami Palmetto Senior High School Diploma High School
River Oaks Elementary School Diploma Primary School
Princeton University Bachelor's degree Undergraduate 1986

Interesting Facts

In high school, Bezos started his first business, Dream Institute, an educational summer camp for fourth, fifth and sixth graders.
In August 2014, it was reported that Bezos' Blue Origin was working on a reusable vertical-takeoff, vertical-landing vehicle called New Shepard for sub-orbital and orbital human flight. Bezos, who wanted to fly himself, said, "Our goal with Blue Origin is to make space travel safer and less expensive so anyone who wants to go can go. We have a great team, and they are making rapid progress towards this goal." In March 2016, Blue Origin announced plans to take its first paying passengers into space as early as 2018.
Bezos reportedly developed deep and varied scientific interests in 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.
In 2013, Bezos had organized a team to search for and recover the original Saturn V rocket engines that powered the Apollo lunar missions. The engines had been jettisoned as part of NASA's launch process in the 1970s and had been laying 14,000 feet below the Atlantic Ocean surface since. They located parts of several Apollo engines and Bezos planned to put them on public display at various locations, including the National Air & Space Museum in Washington, D.C.
Bezos has a vast portfolio of properties, which has reportedly earned him an unofficial title of "Land Baron."
In 1999, Time magazine named Bezos the "Person of the Year." He was selected by the U.S. News & World Report as one of America's best leaders and was awarded an honorary doctorate in Science and Technology from Carnegie Mellon University in 2008. In 2011, The Economist gave Bezos the "Innovation Award" for Amazon Kindle. In 2012, Bezos was named "Businessperson of The Year" by Fortune. He was ranked the second best CEO in the world by Harvard Business Review. He is a Member of Bilderberg Group, an annual private conference and appears to be a Principal Advisor of A9.com.
In April 2014, Amazon launched Fire TV, a streaming video set-top box that allowed the subscribers to stream digital audio-video content to a television. It also allowed users to play video games.
In February 2014, Amazon reportedly acquired Double Helix Games, an Irvine, California-based video game developer.
Bezos was reportedly involved in the development of computer systems that manage more than $250 billion in assets for Bankers Trust Company.
In August 2014, Amazon reportedly acquired video game streaming site Twitch in a $970-million all-cash deal. Twitch would continue to function as a separate entity.
In January 2014, Bezos reportedly suffered a kidney stone attack while he was travelling in a cruise ship for a holiday at the Galapagos Islands. The Ecuadorian Navy airlifted him from the cruise to his private jet so that he could return to the U.S. for treatment.
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."
In March 2014, Bezos reportedly invested around $12 million in online news publisher Business Insider. The fund raised by the company was planned to be used to hire more journalists and photographers and to expand the business in the U.K.
Bezos' wife, MacKenzie, reportedly accused American author, Brad Stone, of printing numerous factual inaccuracies in his new book titled "The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon." She gave the book 1 star in the review saying, "I wanted to like this book."
In January 2015, Amazon reportedly planned to buy Israeli chipmaking company, Annapurna Labs, for around $370 million to open a research and development centre in the country. The further proceedings of the acquisition is unclear.
Bezos has a keen interest in space travel. He believes there is scope for developing "space hotels, amusement parks and colonies for 2 million or 3 million people orbiting the Earth." In 2000, he founded Blue Origin, a human spaceflight company; the company was kept secret for a few years. It became publicly known in 2006 when they purchased a sizable aggregation of land in west Texas for a launch and test facility.
Poplar Glen, a company which appears to be associated with Amazon.com, bought a 2000 Dassault Falcon 900EX with serial number 900EX-68 from Duke Energy in June 2004.
Bezos' underwater expedition successfully recovered the mangled wreckage of two rocket engines from NASA's Apollo program from the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.
In July 1995, Amazon.com sold its first book, "Fluid Concepts & Creative Analogies: Computer Models of the Fundamental Mechanisms of Thought" written by Douglas Hofstadter to John Wainwright; was delivered from Jeff Bezos' Seattle area garage.
In 2013, Nash Holdings, Bezos' private investment company, acquired American daily newspaper The Washington Post for a reported $250 million. In addition to the newspaper, Bezos acquired other publishing businesses of The Washington Post, including the Express newspaper, The Gazette Newspapers, Southern Maryland Newspapers, Fairfax County Times, El Tiempo Latino and Greater Washington Publishing. The real estate, including the paper's headquarters business, and online news sites such as Slate, remained with The Washington Post. The Washington Post was formerly owned by The Washington Post Company (currently known as Graham Holdings). The Washington Post Company agreed to adopt a new corporate name once the sale was finalized; it adopted Graham Holdings as the new name effective November 2013. Donald Graham, the current Chairman and CEO of Graham Holdings, said his longtime friend, American businessman and former Washington Post Board Member Warren Buffett, referred to Bezos as the best CEO in the U.S. for his technology and business acumen.
In August 2011, a spaceship funded by Bezos reportedly crashed during a test flight from the Blue Origin West Texas spaceport, after losing contact with people on ground who were controlling it.
Amazon.com started with logo as an abstract river design; in 2000 the logo was re-imagined by Turner Duckworth, designing agency which was stated in a company's press release as, "a smile now begins under the a and ends with a dimple under the z, emphasizing that Amazon.com offers anything, from A to Z, that customers may be looking to buy online."
Bezos' maternal ancestors lived in Texas; his maternal grandfather was a Regional Director of the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His mother, Jacklyn, married his biological father, Ted Jorgensen, at a very young age; they divorced a little more than a year later. When Bezos was four, Jacklyn remarried Miguel Bezos, a Cuban who immigrated to the U.S. when he was 15 years old. He legally adopted Bezos. After the marriage, the family moved to Houston, Texas; Bezos attended River Oaks Elementary School in Houston, Texas. As a child, he spent summers at his grandfather's ranch in southern Texas. The family moved to Miami, Florida, where he attended Miami Palmetto Senior High School; while in high school, he attended the Student Science Training Program at the University of Florida and received the "Silver Knight Award" in 1982. He attended Princeton University, intending to study physics, but received a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; at the university, he was elected to the honor societies Phi Beta Kappa and Tau Beta Pi. He also served as the President of the Princeton chapter of the Students for the Exploration and Development of Space.
Bezos originally planned to name Amazon as "Cadabra," but he changed because it sounded similar to "cadaver."
Bezos' parents, Jacklyn and Miguel, founded the Bezos Family Foundation, which primarily donates to social and human services, community development and educational causes.

Interests, Passion, Hobbies

Hobby Name Description
Reading Likes to read about space travel and science fiction. One of Bezos favorite books 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."
Finance - Investment Has invested in numerous companies through Bezos Expeditions.
Finance Was associated with several financial services companies including Bankers Trust and D.E. Shaw.
Technology - Blogging Maintains a personal blog.
Aviation - Private Jet Poplar Glen, a company appears to be associated with Amazon.com, bought a 2000 Dassault Falcon 900EX with serial number 900EX-68 from Duke Energy in June 2004.
Vehicles - Cars Reportedly owns a Chevrolet Blazer, which he loves to drive in his spare time; has driven from New York to Seattle, Washington.
Science - Space 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.
Technology - Internet Internet pioneer is the Founder of Amazon.com, an e-commerce company.
Engineering Holds a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Princeton University.
Politics Generous political donor gives to both sides of the political aisle. Lifetime giving exceeds $108,000.
Public Speaking Was a speaker in various conferences.
Sports - Tennis May have an interest in tennis. Played tennis with Anna Kournikova in Grand Central Terminal to raise money for underprivileged kids in Harlem.
Philanthropy Generous philanthropist has donated to several nonprofit organizations. Supports diverse causes including brain and child development as well as ocean exploration.
Technology Endorses and invests in new technologies.
Aviation Amazon.com owns a 2000 Falcon 900EX with serial number 900EX 68 used for executive business travel. Bezos may make use of this aircraft.

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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Known Associates

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Political Interests

Party Affiliation Bipartisan Political Profile Generous political donor gives to both sides of the political aisle. Lifetime giving exceeds $108,000. Recipients include Patty Murray, Spencer Abraham, Maria Cantwell, John Conyers Jr., Slade Gorton and Patrick J. Leahy.