Jeff Bezos is a famous businessman and founder of Amazon.com, one of the largest online retailers in the world. He has been awarded many accolades, including being named “Person of the Year” by Time Magazine in 1999, and he was included in the Time 100 list of the most influential people in the world as well as Vanity Fair’s New Establishment list as one of the top business leaders of 2005. His personal wealth has been estimated to be $120 billion USD by Bloomberg L.P.,
Jeff Bezos family and early life
Jeff Bezos was born to a teenage mother, Jacklyn Gise. His biological father, Ted Jorgensen, later married and adopted him. The family moved over a dozen times before settling in Albuquerque, New Mexico, when he attended high school and college.
Jeff Bezos education and career
He studied computer science and electrical engineering at Princeton University, where he also met his first wife, MacKenzie. He graduated with honors in 1986, and after leaving for Oregon for another internship, he moved to New York City. He worked on Wall Street in a variety of jobs including with Fitel, Bankers Trust, D.E. Shaw & Co., and the investment firm Invesco.
How did Jeff Bezos make his fortune?
Bezos’ parents are Jackie Bezos née Gise, a computer scientist, and Ted Jorgensen who worked in finance. He was born Jeffrey Preston Jorgensen, but his mother changed his name to Jeff Bezos when he was 13 out of admiration for the novelist J. D. Salinger’s fictional character Holden Caulfield.
Jeff Bezos net worth, donations and investments
Jeff Bezos net worth is $100 billion. He has donated $2.5 million to fund scholarship for Dreamers, $1 million to the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, and he plans to make smaller donations in the future. Jeff Bezos is an investor in Business Insider, Expedia, Google, Uber and other companies.