Name at birth: Jeffrey Preston JorgensenJeff Bezos is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Amazon.com, a giant of Internet e-commerce and one of the most valued companies in the world. Jeff Bezos was born to Jacklyn and Ted Jorgensen; after their divorce, Jacklyn married Miguel Bezos, who adopted Jeff when the boy was four. Jeff Bezos went on to graduate 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 saw the promise of the growing Internet and moved to Seattle where he founded Amazon.com in 1994. Amazon.com was originally an online bookseller, but later began to sell a wide variety of consumer goods. Through innovation and sheer business savvy, Bezos built up Amazon.com and began his climb to wealth and fame. 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. As of 2018, he was the richest person in the world, with a net worth of over $104 billion. Jeff Bezos is also known for his many side projects: in 2000 he helped found Blue Origin, 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.
Jeff Bezos married the former McKenzie Tuttle in 1993; they met when she interviewed for a job with D.E. Shaw, the New York City hedge fund where he was working. They have four children: a daughter adopted from China, and three sons. Jeff and McKenzie Bezos announced in January of 2019 that they would divorce after nearly 26 years of marriage… 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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