E-commerce pioneer, retail entrepreneur, investor, best known as the founder of Amazon, the everything store, Jeff Bezos, was born Jeffrey Preston Jorgensen, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on January 12, 1964. He’s ultra-driven and hyper-intelligent, but are still things about him that blow our minds. Here are 32 of the most intriguing facts about Jeff Bezos.
1. Bezos only found when he was 10 that his father Miguel had adopted him.
2. His biological father was one of Albuquerque’s leading unicyclists.
3. Even as a toddler, Bezos had demonstrated his affiliation toward mechanical things.
4. As a child, he spent his summers working on his maternal grandfather’s ranch in Texas.
5. His grandfather Preston Gise was a major inspiration for Jeff in his intellectual initiatives.
6. Being fascinated by space travel since childhood, Bezos made a cameo appearance in, Star Trek Beyond, in 2016
7. The 18-year-old Bezos, in a Miami Herald interview, in 1982, after he was named high school class valedictorian, had said “he wanted to build space hotels, amusement parks and colonies for 2 million or 3 million people who would be in orbit.
8. He worked with his girlfriend at McDonald’s during a summer when he was young.
9. In 1986, he graduated from Princeton University, with highest honors summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, with a bachelor of science in engineering degree in electrical engineering with computer science.
10. After graduation, Bezos worked several jobs in a variety of firms beginning from the Wall Street, Fitel, an American banking organization the Bankers Trust, and the investment firm D.E. Shaw.
11. In the year 1990, he became the youngest vice president of the hedge fund management company D.E. Shaw, where he had the exposure to the internet based business opportunities.
12. He met his wife, Mackenzie, at work in D.E. Shaw and married her in 1993.
13. In 1994, Bezos after realizing the growth of Internet, quit his lucrative job in New York and moved to Seattle.
14. He had shortlisted 20 types of items that could be sold online and finally decided on books.
15. This new venture was called the Cadabra Inc. Later had to rename it because he felt the name of the company sounded like “cadaver inc.” over the phone.
16. The company picked up successfully. Within 30 days, without any press promotion, Amazon.com had sold books in 45 foreign countries and across the United States.
17. The sales had escalated to $20,000 a week, in two months.
18. Amazon did not store its books. It bought it only when an order for purchase is placed.
19. In 1997, Amazon.com became public, in the next two years outdid its competitions, and went on lead the e-commerce sector.
20. The virtual store added CDs, videos, clothing, toys, electronics and many more and in the next two decades has established itself to an become “everything store.”
21. His fascination and passion for space travel lead him to start a human spaceflight company, Blue Origin, in 2000.
22. He is not a fan of PowerPoint presentations.
23. There’s no such thing as a free lunch for Amazon workers.
24. Times magazine, in 1999, named him the “Person of the Year.”
25. What does he do with all that money?
26. In 2007, he found Kindle.
27. Earlier this year, Jeff Bezos reportedly just dropped $23 million on the biggest home in Washington, DC
28. And he has a ~ $25 million house in Beverly Hills.
29. Bezos also owns three linked apartments totaling 10,000 square feet in New York City’s Century Tower.
30. Exactly 20 years after going public, Amazon has a market cap of $457 billion.
31. In March, Bezos became the world’s second-richest person, right behind Bill Gates.
32. But don’t expect Bezos to stop experimenting with new ideas anytime soon.