Jefferey P. Bezos

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  • Founder, Chairman and CEO, Amazon.Com, Inc.1
  • 68th Richest Person in the World2
  • 33rd Richest Person in America3
  • Former Vice-President, Bankers Trust, a division of Deutsche Bank4
  • Former Senior Vice-President, D. E. Shaw & Co.5

Biography

Jefferey Preston Bezos was born January 12, 1964 when his mother, Jackie Bezos, was still in her teens. Her marriage to his father lasted little more than a year. She remarried when Bezos was five. Bezos’s stepfather, Miguel Bezos, was born in Cuba; he migrated to the United States alone at age 15 and worked his way through the University of Albuquerque. When he married Bezos’s mother, the family moved to Houston, Texas, and Miguel Bezos became an engineer for Exxon. Bezos attended River Oaks Elementary in Houston from 4th to 6th grade.6

Bezos showed intense and varied scientific interests at an early age. He rigged an electric alarm to keep his younger siblings out of his room and maintain his privacy. He converted his parents’ garage into a laboratory for his science projects. The family moved to Miami, Florida, where Bezos attended Miami Palmetto Senior High School. He entered Princeton University, planning to study physics, but soon returned to his love of computers and graduated with a degree in computer science and electrical engineering. Bezos was awarded an honorary doctorate in Science and Technology from Carnegie Mellon University in 2008.7

After graduating from Princeton, Mr. Bezos worked on Wall Street in the computer science field. Then he worked on building a network for international trade for a company known as Fitel. Bezos then worked for Bankers Trust, a company now owned by Deutsche Bank, becoming  vice-president at the age of 26. He went on to work in computer science for D. E. Shaw & Co, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, becoming the company’s youngest senior vice-president. 89

Bezos founded Amazon.com in 1994 after making a cross country drive from New York to Seattle, writing up the Amazon business plan on the way and setting up the original company in his garage. His work with Amazon eventually led him to become one of the most prominent dot-com entrepreneurs.10 Mr. Bezos has been listed in the Forbes list of the richest people in the world for several years, ranking 68th as of 2009.11 He is also ranked as the 33rd richest person in America.12

In 2004, he founded a human spaceflight startup company called Blue Origin.  The company has launched at least three test rockets and hopes to progress to orbital spaceflight.13

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