Jeff Bezos

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Jeff Bezos
Bezos in 2017
Jeffrey Preston Jorgensen

(1964-01-12) January 12, 1964 (age 59)
Alma materPrinceton University (B.S.)
OccupationChairman and CEO of, Inc.
Net worthDecrease US$141.2 billion (July 8, 2022)[1]
MacKenzie Tuttle
(m. 1993; div. 2019)
AwardsTime Person of the Year 1999
Washington CEO Person of The Year at the same time

Jeff Bezos (born Jeffrey Preston Jorgensen; January 12, 1964) is the American founder of, Inc. He was also the chairman, president, and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of However, Bezos said in a blog post he would soon step down from this position and become Executive Chair of the Amazon Board.[2]

Early life, Education, and Career[change | change source]

Jeff Bezos was born on January 12, 1964, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He showed an early interest in technology and graduated from Princeton with degrees in electrical engineering and computer science. Before founding Amazon in 1994, he worked on Wall Street and later started an online bookstore, laying the foundation for his remarkable entrepreneurial journey.

On February 2, 2021, Bezos announced that he would step down as the CEO of Amazon, to be replaced by Andy Jassy. Bezos became executive chairman on July 5, 2021.[3]

On July 19, 2021 Blue Origin successfully conducts its first human test flight with Bezos going to space.[4][5]

Net worth[change | change source]

When markets opened on July 27, 2017, Bezos briefly became the world's richest person, surpassing Bill Gates with a net worth of just over $90 billion. He lost the title later in the day when Amazon's stock dropped, returning him to second place with a net worth just below $90 billion.[6] On October 27, 2017, Bezos again surpassed Gates on the Forbes list as the richest person in the world.[7]

In August 2020, Bezos became the first person in history to have a net worth of $200 billion, according to Forbes.[8]

In January 2021, Elon Musk became the world's richest person.[9] Since then, Bezos is now the world's second-richest person

Hacking claim[change | change source]

In February 2019, Bezos published a blog post alleging that National Enquirer publisher American Media, Inc. had attempted blackmail and extortion in connection with Bezos' alleged affair with Lauren Sánchez.[10]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Jeff Bezos". Forbes. Retrieved July 9, 2022.
  2. "Amazon's Jeff Bezos stepping down nearly 30 years after founding company | CBC News". CBC. Retrieved 2021-02-03.
  3. Jeff Bezos to Step Down as Amazon C.E.O., New York Times, February 2, 2021. Retrieved February 2, 2021.
  4. "Jeff Bezos launches to space aboard New Shepard rocket ship". BBC News. July 20, 2021. Retrieved July 20, 2021.
  5. "Replay — New Shepard First Human Flight". YouTube. July 20, 2021. Retrieved July 20, 2021.
  6. "Jeff Bezos was briefly the world's richest person". CNBC. 27 July 2017.
  7. "Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Is The Richest Perosn In The World-Again". Forbes.
  8. "Jeff Bezos Becomes The First Person Ever Worth $200 Billion". Forbes. August 26, 2020. Retrieved August 28, 2020.
  9. "Elon Musk becomes world's richest person as wealth tops $185bn". BBC. January 7, 2021. Archived from the original on January 8, 2021. Retrieved January 8, 2021.
  10. Weise, Karen (2019-02-07). "Jeff Bezos Accuses National Enquirer of 'Extortion and Blackmail'". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-02-08.

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