Jeffrey Preston Bezos born Jorgensen; is an American, investor, philanthropist, and the founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Amazon, the world’s largest online retailer.
jeff bezos founded Amazon in late 1994 on a cross-country road trip from New York City to Seattle. The company began as an online bookstore and has expanded to a variety of products and services, including video and audio streaming. It is currently the world’s largest Internet sales online company, as well as the world’s largest provider of cloud infrastructure services via its Amazon Web Services arm.Bezos added to his business interests when he founded aerospace company Blue Origin in 2000. A Blue Origin test flight successfully first reached space in 2015 and Blue has plans to begin commercial suborbital human spaceflight as early as late 2018. He purchased The Washington Post in 2013 for US$250 million in cash. Bezos manages other business investments through his venture capital fund, Bezos Expeditions.
On July 27, 2017, he became the world’s wealthiest person when his estimated net worth increased to just over $90 billion. His wealth surpassed $100 billion for the first time on November 24, he was formally designated the wealthiest person in the world by Forbes on March 6, 2018 with a net worth of $112 billion. The first centi-billionaire on the Forbes wealth index, he was designated the “wealthiest person in modern history” after his net worth increased to $150 billion in July 2018.
Net worth:$150 billion
Early life and education
Bezos was born Jeffrey Preston Jorgensen on January 12, 1964, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to a teenage mother, Jacklyn Gise Jorgensen, and father Ted Jorgensen, a bike shop owner and Chicago native. At the time of her son’s birth, Jacklyn was a seventeen-year-old high school student.After Jacklyn divorced Ted, she married Miguel “Mike” Bezos, a Cuban newcomer, in April 1968. Shortly after the wedding, Mike Bezos adopted four-year-old Jorgensen, whose surname was then changed to Bezos. The family moved to Houston, where Mike worked as an engineer for Exxon after he received a degree from the University of New Mexico.Bezos attended River Oaks Elementary School in Houston from fourth to sixth grade.
Bezos was the maternal grandson of Lawrence Preston Gise, a regional director of the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) in Albuquerque.Gise retired early to his family’s ranch (a large farm) near Cotulla, Texas, where Bezos would spend many summers in his youth.Bezos would later acquire this ranch, and grow it from 25,000 acres (101 km2 or 39 miles2) to 300,000 acres (1,214 km2 or 468 miles2).His maternal grandmother was Mattie Louise Gise (née Strait), through whom he is a cousin of country singer George Strait.
Bezos often displayed scientific intrests and technological skills; he once equip an electric alarm to keep his younger siblings out of his room. The family moved to Miami, Florida, where he attended Miami Palmetto High School.While Bezos was in high school, he worked at McDonald’s as a short-order line cook during the breakfast shift.He attended the Student Science Training Program at the University of Florida where he received a Silver Knight Award in 1982. He was high school valedictorian and a National Merit Scholar.
In 1986, he graduated from Princeton University with a 4.2 grade point average and Bachelor of Science degrees in electrical engineering and computer science and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.While at Princeton, he was also elected to Tau Beta Pi and was the president of the Princeton chapter of the Students for the Exploration and Development of Space.
In 1992, jeff Bezos was working for D. E. Shaw in Manhattan when he met novelist MacKenzie Tuttle. MacKenzie was a research associate at the firm and they married a year later. In 1994, they moved across the country to Seattle, Washington, where Bezos founded Amazon.He and his wife are the parents of four children: three sons, and one daughter adopted from China.
In March 2003,jeff Bezos was one of three passengers in a helicopter that crashed in West Texas after the craft’s tail boom hit a tree. Bezos sustained minor injuries and was discharged from a local hospital the same day.
In 2016, Bezos played a Starfleet official in the movie Star Trek Beyond, and joined the cast and crew at a San Diego Comic-Con screening.
jeff bezos was offered jobs at IntelBell Labs, and Andersen Consulting,After Bezos graduated from Princeton in 1987 .He first worked at Fitel, a financial telecommunications start-up, where he was tasked with building a network for international trade.Bezos was promoted to head of development and director of customer service thereafter. He transitioned into the banking industry when bezos became a product manager at Bankers Trust; jeff worked there from 1988 to 1990.He then joined D. E. Shaw & Co, a newly founded hedge fund, in 1990. He work there until 1994 and, at age 30, became its fourth senior vice-president.