Jeff Bezos is the CEO, founder and president of the multi-national technology company Amazon. He is currently said to be the richest person alive!
Here are some interesting facts you need to know about Bezos and his journey up till now-
1.Jeff Bezos founded the E-commerce company Amazon in 1994 in his garage in Seattle. Bezos remains Amazon’s largest stockholder, owning 16% of the e-commerce giant.
2.Bezos makes about $321 million a day, $13.4 million an hour, $222,884 a minute, and $3,715 a second, this year.
3.He is one of the country’s biggest landowners, and he and his family owns 5 houses across the US. (Including an estate, mansion, a townhouse, three condos and a ranch)
4.Jeff Bezos could potentially become the world’s first trillionaire as early as 2026, at which point he will be aged 62. (Earning around $1,000,000,000,000) That’s 12 zeroes!
5.Before the fame and recognition of Amazon, which is currently the world’s largest online marketplace, Bezos’ parents were reportedly shocked that he would give up up a financially stable Wall Street job in order to sell books over the Internet.
6.He was adopted at a young age by his stepfather, Miguel “Mike” Bezos, an engineer at Exxon.
7.Jeff Bezos is said to be the first person in modern history to accumulate a fortune of over $100 billion.
8.In 1993, he left his job at D.E. Shaw to start Amazon from his garage. He received an estimated $300,000 to invest in Amazon from his parents. He originally titled the company as Cadabra, but changed it to name it after the Amazon River. Bezos even warned early investors that there was a 70% chance that it would fail.
9.Jeff Bezos is so wealthy that according to Business Insider calculations, spending $88,000 to him is similar to an average American spending $1.
10.Bezos apparently doesn’t donate as much as his billionaire-buddies like Bill Gates and Warren Buffet but supports Mary’s Place, a Seattle organization that provides shelter and employment training to those who are homeless, and also another organization TheDream.US, which supports people who were brought to the US as undocumented immigrants when they were children.
11.Bezos also owns a $65 million Gulfstream G650ER private jet.
12. Bezos founded Blue Origin in September 2000. In 2015, he announced that a new orbital launch vehicle was under development. In November of that year, Blue Origin’s New Shepard space vehicle successfully made it to space and reached its planned test altitude.
13.Bezos also supports some more unusual ventures, like the Long Now Foundation, which seeks to build a giant mechanical “10,000 year clock” underground in West Texas. The clock is intended to be a “symbol for long-term thinking”, according to a tweet from Bezos.
14.In 2020, Jeff Bezos volunteered to donate $100 million to Feed America, a non-profit organization that runs food banks and food pantries around the nation .
15.In 1993 Bezos married Mackenzie Tuttle, whom he had met at D.E. Shaw. The couple announced in January 2019 that they were divorcing, and the following day the National Enquirer printed a story revealing that Bezos was having an affair with another woman. When he launched an investigation he was threatened by American Media Inc. that they would release nude photographs of Bezos if he did not stop his inquiry, amid other demands. The Bezos-led investigation later alleged that his lover’s brother had leaked the texts.
16.On July 20, 2020, Jeff Bezos added a whopping $13 billion to his net worth just in a single day.
17.Bezos purchased the wealthiest property in L.A known as the Warner Estate from the media mogul David Geffen, in a deal worth $ 165 million. And Bezos procured such a massive property by spending only an eighth of a percent of his wealth. In yet another deal, Bezos spent $80 million to buy an apartment in New York.
18.Amusingly, on July 18, 2016, Amazon confirms Bezos has a cameo role as an alien in the movie “Star Trek Beyond.”
19.The Amazon CEO is nearly 38% richer than the British monarchy. The British royal family is worth an estimated $88 billion, according to Forbes.
20.On February 17, 2020 Bezos commits $10 billion to the Bezos Earth Fund, a new initiative to back scientists, activists and organizations working to mitigate the impact of climate change.
21.Bezos is worth about the equivalent of the entire GDP of Angola. To brag even more Bezos’ net worth is greater than the GDP of Iceland, Afghanistan, and Costa Rica combined. Iceland’s GDP is about $31.6 billion, Afghanistan’s is $22.9 billion, and Costa Rica’s is $64.8 billion.
22.We all know the world’s richest man as Jeff Bezos but that is not his real name. He was born as Jeffrey Preston Jorgensen on January 12, 1964, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He was born to Jackie Gise Jorgensen( his mother) ( a teenager at the time) and Ted Jorgenson who is actually his biological father. When Jeff Bezos was 17 months old, his mom divorced Jorgensen (because of his drinking problems). In 1968, Gise remarried Miguel Bezos(Mike), who arrived in Miami in 1962 from Cuba knowing only one word of English: “hamburger.” Jorgensen agreed to let Bezos adopt his son and, at 4 years old, Jeffrey Preston Jorgensen became Jeffrey Preston Bezos. However, Bezos has been quoted saying that he does not have any memory of his biological father, saying that “Mike is my natural father”.
23.According to the Social Security Administration, the average American man with a bachelor’s degree might be able to earn approximately $2.19 million in his lifetime. Bezos makes that in just under 15 minutes.
24.Growing up, Bezos spent summers with his grandparents on their Texas ranch, he says in the commencement speech he gave at Princeton in 2010. “I helped fix windmills, vaccinate cattle, and do other chores. We also watched soap operas every afternoon, especially ‘Days of our Lives,’” said Bezos.
25.Jeff Bezos and his novelist ex-wife Mackenzie (Tuttle) Bezos, after getting married in 1993 had three children (sons) and adopted another daughter from China.
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