|January 12, 1964
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|Founder of Amazon
Jeff Bezos has been one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the world for the last 10 years. He started Amazon from a rented garage in Bellevue, today it is the largest online retailer in the world, employing over 1.1 million people and a net worth of over $1.5 Trillion dollars.
As of 2023, Jeff Bezos’s net worth is estimated to be around $180 billion.
Jeff Bezos’s Net Worth, Career, and Success Story (2023 Update)
Early Life & Biography
Jeff Bezos was born as Jeffrey Preston Jorgensen in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on January 12, 1964. His father is Theodore Jørgensen and his mother is Jacklyn who gave him birth when she was a 17-year-old high school student and his father was 19 years old.
Then the couple divorced, Jacklyn took Jeffrey with her and married Mike Bezos in April 1968. After the marriage, Mike adopted four-year-old Jeffrey and gave his name Bezos. Bezos attended a Montessori school in Albuquerque, New Mexico when he was two years old.
The family moved to Miami, Florida, where Bezos attended Miami Palmetto High School and worked at McDonald’s as a short-order line cook. He then attended the Student Science Training Program at the University of Florida where he graduated and gave a graduation speech.
Career & Success Story
After graduating from college, Bezos started working for Fitel, a fintech telecommunications start-up, where he was tasked with building a network for international trade. Then he worked for Bankers Trust as a product manager and for D. E. Shaw & Co, a newly founded hedge fund.
In late 1993, Bezos decided to start his own business, an e-commerce store. At that time nobody had an online store. He and his then-wife, MacKenzie, left their jobs at D. E. Shaw and founded Amazon in a rented garage in Bellevue on July 5, 1994.
Amazon was only selling books, at that time the company name was Cadabra but later he changed the name to Amazon after the Amazon River in South America because his vision was to make Amazon big and sell all sorts of products.
In 1998, Bezos started selling music, videos, and other consumer goods. In 2002, Amazon launched its new service Amazon Web Services which is the world’s biggest cloud services provider in the world as of today.
Today Amazon is the largest online retailer in the world, employing over 1.1 million people. In 2017 Bezos momentarily became the world’s wealthiest person over Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates when his estimated net worth increased to just over $90 billion.
Bezos had an interest in space from his childhood. In September 2000, he founded Blue Origin, a human spaceflight startup. Eighteen years later Blue Origin announced that Bezos had priced commercial spaceflight tickets from $200,000 to $300,000 per person.
The Washington Post
On August 5, 2013, Bezos announced his purchase of The Washington Post for $250 million in cash. Bezos said that he bought it because his friend Don Graham had offered him to buy it and did. After he bought the newspaper, The Washington Post became profitable for the first time.
Jeff Bezos Ex-wife MacKenzie
Jeff Bezos met MacKenzie Scott when he was working for D. E. Shaw in Manhattan. They got married in 1993. Together they have four children: three sons, and one daughter adopted from China.
On January 9, 2019, Bezos and MacKenzie announced on Twitter their intent to divorce after a “long period” of separation. MacKenzie took with her $35.6 billion in Amazon stock and became one of the richest women in the world.
Jeff Bezos’s Girlfriend Lauren Sánchez
After his divorce in 2019, Jeff Bezos started dating the American media personality, Lauren Sánchez.
Jeff Bezos is an American entrepreneur, media proprietor, investor, computer engineer, and commercial astronaut. He is the founder, former CEO, and executive chairman of the largest online retailer in the world.
As of 2023, Jeff Bezos’s net worth is estimated to be around $180 Billion.