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Jeff Bezos

Business Personality

Born: 12 January 1964
Birthplace: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Best known as: The CEO and founder of Amazon.com

Jeff Bezos is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Amazon.com, one of the pillars of Internet e-commerce. Bezos graduated from Princeton University in 1986 with degrees in computer science and electrical engineering. After a few years in New York as a financial analyst, Bezos moved to Seattle and founded Amazon.com in 1994. Through innovation and sheer business savvy, Bezos built up Amazon.com and became one of the world's richest people in the process. Named Time magazine's Man of the Year in 1999, Bezos became a celebrity entrepreneur, known for his buoyant personality as much as his financial know-how. With Bezos at the helm, Amazon.com weathered financial ups and downs and expanded from selling books and CDs to a wide variety of consumer goods. Jeff Bezos is also known for his many side projects: in 2000 he helped found Blue Origin, a whose goal is to build reusable rocket ships to encourage tourism in outer space. And in 2013 he became a media mogul with his surprise purchase of The Washington Post for $250 million.

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Amazon.com is headquartered in Seattle, Washington -- the same area where Bill Gates built Microsoft... Jeff Bezos appeared in television commercials for the fast food chain Taco Bell in 2001... In an interview with the Academy of Achievement website, Jeff Bezos said "Two people I always would read about were Thomas Edison and Walt Disney. Those were sort of my two biographical heroes."

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