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Happy Birthday Jeff Bezos: 10 interesting facts about the Amazon boss

Updated : 2021-01-13 06:24:08

Businessman, engineer, media proprietor, space enthusiast and philanthropist, Bezos has excelled in every field he has ventured into

Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon and the second richest person on the planet, turned 57 on Tuesday. Businessman, engineer, media proprietor, space enthusiast and philanthropist, Bezos has excelled in every field he has ventured into. According to Forbes, his real-time net worth stands at a whopping $187.7 billion. He reigned at the top spot of Forbes wealthiest rankings from 2017 until last week and his wealth is greater than the GDP of many countries. Here are 10 facts about the Amazon boss. (Image: Reuters)
Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon and the second richest person on the planet, turned 57 on Tuesday. Businessman, engineer, media proprietor, space enthusiast and philanthropist, Bezos has excelled in every field he has ventured into. According to Forbes, his real-time net worth stands at a whopping $187.7 billion. He reigned at the top spot of Forbes wealthiest rankings from 2017 until last week and his wealth is greater than the GDP of many countries. Here are 10 facts about the Amazon boss. (Image: Reuters)
1) Bezos holds a degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Princeton University. His first job was at a fintech start-up, Fitel. He was promoted as the director of customer service. (Image: Reuters)
1) Bezos holds a degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Princeton University. His first job was at a fintech start-up, Fitel. He was promoted as the director of customer service. (Image: Reuters)
2) Bezos came up with the idea of an online bookstore on a cross-country drive from New York City to Seattle. He quit his job at DE Shaw, a multinational investment management firm, to start his own business. He started working out of his garage in Seattle. (Image: Reuters)
2) Bezos came up with the idea of an online bookstore on a cross-country drive from New York City to Seattle. He quit his job at DE Shaw, a multinational investment management firm, to start his own business. He started working out of his garage in Seattle. (Image: Reuters)
3) He initially named his start-up Cadabra and later changed it to Amazon after the famous river. In the beginning, Bezos wasn’t confident about his business and went as far as warning investors there was a 70 percent chance of it going bankrupt. Well, that didn't happen. (Image: Reuters)
3) He initially named his start-up Cadabra and later changed it to Amazon after the famous river. In the beginning, Bezos wasn’t confident about his business and went as far as warning investors there was a 70 percent chance of it going bankrupt. Well, that didn't happen. (Image: Reuters)
4) In February 2020, Bezos bought Warner Estate, the costliest property in Los Angeles, spanning nine acres, for a price of $165 million from media mogul David Geffen. (Image: Reuters)
4) In February 2020, Bezos bought Warner Estate, the costliest property in Los Angeles, spanning nine acres, for a price of $165 million from media mogul David Geffen. (Image: Reuters)
5) Bezos retained the world's richest person's title even after he had given away a quarter of his total wealth to wife MacKenzie Scott when their marriage ended in 2019. Scott received $36 billion as compensation, making her the third richest woman in the world. (Image: Reuters)
5) Bezos retained the world's richest person's title even after he had given away a quarter of his total wealth to wife MacKenzie Scott when their marriage ended in 2019. Scott received $36 billion as compensation, making her the third richest woman in the world. (Image: Reuters)
6) The Amazon CEO is very passionate about space travel and owns aerospace company Blue Origin that manufactures commercial rockets. In his high-school valedictorian speech, he said he wanted to create permanent colonies in orbiting space stations to preserve humanity and earth's limited reserves. (Image: Reuters)
6) The Amazon CEO is very passionate about space travel and owns aerospace company Blue Origin that manufactures commercial rockets. In his high-school valedictorian speech, he said he wanted to create permanent colonies in orbiting space stations to preserve humanity and earth's limited reserves. (Image: Reuters)
7) Bezos also owns 'The Washington Post'. He bought the newspaper in 2013 for $250 million. He sought to enhance the digital presence of the publication by adopting new technology. His efforts bore fruit as the publication turned profitable in 2016 for the first time since he purchased it. (Image: Reuters)
7) Bezos also owns 'The Washington Post'. He bought the newspaper in 2013 for $250 million. He sought to enhance the digital presence of the publication by adopting new technology. His efforts bore fruit as the publication turned profitable in 2016 for the first time since he purchased it. (Image: Reuters)
8) Bezos has also made significant contributions towards various causes at different points of his successful career. To help the needy during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, Bezos donated $100 million to Feed America, a non-profit organisation which runs food pantries across the country. (Image: Reuters)
8) Bezos has also made significant contributions towards various causes at different points of his successful career. To help the needy during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, Bezos donated $100 million to Feed America, a non-profit organisation which runs food pantries across the country. (Image: Reuters)
9) The tech billionaire is very concerned about the threat that climate change poses. In 2020, he pledged $10 billion for the cause through the Bezos Earth Fund. (Image: Reuters)
9) The tech billionaire is very concerned about the threat that climate change poses. In 2020, he pledged $10 billion for the cause through the Bezos Earth Fund. (Image: Reuters)
10) At a time when economies are reeling from the pandemic and many firms have gone out of business, Bezos's fortune has risen by $24 billion. In fact, Amazon hired around 175,000 additional workers between March and April 2020. The growth has been attributed to the rise in demand of online delivery for household products during the pandemic. (Image: Reuters)
10) At a time when economies are reeling from the pandemic and many firms have gone out of business, Bezos's fortune has risen by $24 billion. In fact, Amazon hired around 175,000 additional workers between March and April 2020. The growth has been attributed to the rise in demand of online delivery for household products during the pandemic. (Image: Reuters)
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