Jeff Bezos’s biographyJeff Bezos is the world’s wealthiest person and the founder of the world’s largest e-commerce marketplace, Amazon.com, Inc. The entrepreneur has his own aerospace manufacturer and sub-orbital spaceflight services company and hopes to pave the way for space tourism in the foreseeable future. In 2022, Bezos’s net worth was estimated at an unprecedented $179 billion, and even his public divorce couldn’t do much damage to his outrageous fortune.
Childhood and adolescenceJeff was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to a 17-years-old Jacklyn Gise and a 19-years-old Ted Jorgensen. Jeff’s father owned a bike shop and moonlighted as a circus performer, doing tricks on his bike. He was a rather frivolous and childish person, who preferred to have a good time with his friends and abuse alcohol instead of staying home with his wife and a newborn.
When Jeff was around a year and a half, Jacklyn’s patience finally snapped, she moved back to her family home and decided to leave her husband. Soon after she met a Cuban immigrant, Miguel Bezos, and they got married. Miguel adopted Jeff and took in the boy like his own. Soon the family had two more kids, Christina and Mark.
From an early age, Jeff stood out from his peers due to his outside-the-box thinking and outstanding analytical abilities. The boy was one of the best students in his class in elementary school. He spent insane hours in front of his computer with his main passion being a virtual game Star Trek which started his obsession with space.
His granddad has been a great influence when it came to Jeff’s future fascination with space as well. He previously worked at the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission and told his grandson a lot about different rockets, missiles, and missions to space orbit.
Two years later the family moved again – to Miami, where Miguel was offered a prestigious and high-paying job. To save up some pocket money, Jeff began working at McDonald’s part-time. In high school, he together with his first serious girlfriend Ursula, decided to run a summer education camp for gifted children, named the DREAM Institute.
CareerBezos graduated from Miami Palmetto High School as a valedictorian and enrolled at Princeton University where he studied electrical engineering and computer science. In 1986, he began working at a telecommunications start-up as the head of development and director of customer service. Soon after, he transitioned to the banking industry and briefly worked at Bankers Trust before becoming senior vice-president at the hedge fund D. E. Shaw & Co.
By that time Jeff Bezos began seriously contemplating starting his own business project which would provide an opportunity to realize his ambitious plans. Seeing the rapid development of the Internet, he knew that soon enough, the major part of sales would be carried out through the World Wide Web. After analyzing the products that were most in demand, Jeff opted for books and it paid off.
In 2013, Jeff purchased a major American daily newspaper publisher, The Washington Post, and created a production company, focusing on television series and feature films. He always loved movies about space and aliens and in 2016 even had a cameo role in a science fiction film Star Trek Beyond, where he portrayed an alien.
Jeff Bezos’s personal lifeJeff met his future wife, MacKenzie Tuttle when working for D.E. Shaw. The 24-years-old MacKenzie was a research associate at the firm while Jeff was her immediate supervisor. According to the billionaire, he was immediately charmed by MacKenzie’s intelligence and efficiency, and she loved his infectious laughter. The girl made the first move, they became engaged only three months later and half a year after that the couple had their wedding.
By June 2018, another $50 billion was added to Bezos’s assets, which only further secured his position among the wealthiest and most influential people in the world. However, he managed to lose a substantial chunk of his money in 2019 due to a very public divorce with MacKenzie. The couple was happily married for 25 years.