Jeffrey Preston Jorgensen or is famously called ‘Jeff Bezos’ is an American businessman, investor, entrepreneur, philanthropist, media proprietor, computer engineer, founder, and CEO of Amazon.com.
Stage Name: Jeff Bezos
Full Name: Jeffrey Preston Jorgensen
Birthday: January 12, 1964
Place of Origin: New Mexico, United States
Height: 5 feet, 7 inches
Sexual Orientation: Straight Male
Spouse: MacKenzie Scott (married in 1993 and divorced in 2019)
Children: 4 Children
Profession: Businessman, Entrepreneur, Investor, Philanthropist, Computer Engineer, and Media Proprietor
Total Net Worth: $187 billion
Jeff Bezos was born on January 12, 1964, in the town of Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States. His father was Theodore Jorgensen and his mother was Jacklyn Gise. When Jeff was born, his parents were still in their teenage years, his mom was 17 and his father was 19 years old. Even with the challenges of having a kid, his mother was able to complete her high school where she then attended a night school.
She used to bring baby Jeff along to her classes. Unfortunately, Jeff’s parents got divorced. Her mother got remarried to Miguel Bezos, who is a Cuban immigrant, then shortly after their wedding, Miguel adopted 4-year-old Jeff, thus changing his last name from Jorgensen to Bezos.
Jeff had his preliminary education at River Oaks Elementary School, located in Houston. His secondary education was in Miami Palmetto High SchoolHe accomplished his engineering degree from the University of Mexico and immediately worked for Exxon.
While Jeff was still in high school, he used to work with McDonald’s as one of their line cooks. During his time at school, he was already an achiever. He was a high school valedictorian, a silver knight award winner, and a national merit scholar. He pursued his engineering passion and graduated from Princeton University as their summa cum laude.
He met his ex-wife MacKenzie Tuttle in Manhattan when Jeff was working for D.E. Shaw. MacKenzie was a novelist. A year after they have met, the couple got married and moved to Seattle. The couple has four children, three sons and a daughter which they adopted from China. The couple, unfortunately, got divorced in 2019.
Jeff by his profession is well qualified to land a good job, he was given job offers from prestigious companies such as Andersen Consulting, Bell Labs, Intel, and others more.
He started his professional career by working with Fitel, which is a fintech telecommunication startup company. Soon after, he was given an opportunity and was promoted to the head of development and director for customer service. Then he transitioned as a product manager at Bankers Trust. After two years, Jeff joined D.E. Shaw & Co. and became their fourth senior vice-president at the early age of 30.
In 1993, Jeff decided to startup a company that is an online bookstore. He left his job at D.E. Shaw & Co. and started ‘Amazon’ at his home garage. He carefully planned out the company and took risks. He also openly received investments from his parents and other people. Initially, Jeff’s statistics show that there is a 70% chance that the company might fail. But through his hard work, perseverance, and a market opportunity, he was able to manage and establish the business.
The company was a success in that Jess was able to earn a hundred million just by selling his share annually. He also has over a hundred thousand employees. Jeff was smart and took the tide where the internet has gained popularity and by expanding his products.
Blue Origin Project
Jeff founded Blue Origin in 2000. It is a human spaceflight startup project. This is where he throws his deep interest in space exploration, travel, and development. With this project, he was able to create a launch and test facility, orbital launch vehicles, and contribute to the global space development research.
As a successful businessman and innovator. Jeff is also known for his charitable works by making donations in Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Worldreader, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, American homelessness, Breakthrough Energy Ventures, With Honor, and several Environmental Protection Charities.
Honors and Accomplishments
Jeff is a successful man whose works have been well acknowledged by several awards and recognition. Some of his works are an inspiration to young entrepreneurs and businessmen. Here are some of his honors and accomplishments.
He was awarded as Person of the Year by Time in 1999, America’s best leaders by US News & World Report in 2008, honorary doctorate award in science and technology by Carnegie Mellon University in 2008, Innovation Award for their work on the Amazon Kindle by The Economist in 2011, business person of the year award by Fortune in 2012, member of the Bilderberg Group, The Business Council Executive Committee for years 2011 to 2012, best-performing CEO ranked by Harvard Business Review for years 2014 to 2018, listed in the Fortune’s 50 greatest leaders for three consecutive years and being the top list in 2015, elected with leadership roles in the National Academy of Engineering for his space project involvement, Buzz Aldrin Space Exploration Award for his work Blue Origin by the Explorers Club in 2018, Axel Springer Award in Business Innovation and Social Responsibility from Germany in 2018, and one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time Magazine in 2008 and 2018, having to be listed 5 times within those year period.
Jeff Bezos Total Net Worth
Jeff is a well-known businessman and entrepreneur for his creation of Amazon.com. He is currently the founder, CEO, president, and board member of the company. He is well appreciated by his company, friends, family, relatives, and fans.
In 2017, he already surpassed Bill Gates in terms of monetary status and has sustained the title of the richest man in the world up until 2021.
His primary source of income comes from his shares in Amazon, real estate, and other investments.
He has an estimated net worth of $187 billion.