Jeff Bezos Net Worth

Jeffrey Preston Bezos Net Worth

Real Name: Jeffrey Preston Bezos
Date of Birth: 01/12/1964
Place of Birth: Albuquerque, New Mexico

2017 Net Worth: $29.3 Billion
2016 Earnings: $81 Million

Profession: Businessman

Jeff Bezos Biography


Jeff Bezos is the founder, CEO, president and chairman of the board of Amazon.com.

Bezos, born Jeffrey Preston Jorgenson, was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico to a teenage mother who divorced his father after a year. At the age of four, Bezos’ mother remarried to Miguel Bezos who also adopted Jeff as his stepson. The new family moved to Houston, Texas and later to Miami, Florida.

As a child Bezos was very scientifically inclined. During high school he attended the Student Science Training Program at the University of Florida and received a Silver Knight Award in 1982. Bezos was the Valedictorian at his high school graduation and was a National Merit Scholar.

Jeff Bezos attended Princeton University with an intention to study physics, but a love of computers pulled him towards a degree in engineering. He graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in computer science and electrical engineering. During his time at Princeton, Bezos was also elected to the honor societies of Phi Beta Kappa and Tau Beta Pi.

After graduating in 1986, Bezos first went to work on Wall Street in a computer science field. Later he worked on building an international trade network for a company called Fitel. Next was a job with Bankers trust where he worked his way to a role as vice-president. Bezos’ last job before Amazon.com was with D.E. Shaw and Co.

Bezos started Amazon.com in 1994 after coming up with the idea during a cross country trip from New York to Seattle. The original business started in his garage as an online bookstore and has only grown from there.

In 2000, Jeff Bezos started Blue Origin, a human spaceflight startup company, as a result of his fascination with space.  Bezos became the official owner of The Washington Post in 2013. This was a personal project and was nothing connected to Amazon.com.

Over the years Bezos has received many recognitions:

1999-   Time Magazine’s Person of the Year

2008-   U.S. New & World Report listed him as one of America’s Best Leader

Awarded an honorary doctorate in Science and Technology from Carnegie Mellon University

2011-   Received an Innovation Award by The Economist for the Amazon Kindle

2012-   Name Businessperson of the Year by Fortune

Jeff Bezos’ net worth is $29.3 billion and he is listed as the 21st richest person in the world on Forbes.com. Amazon.com is the largest internet based company in the United States and is listed as the 6th most innovative company in the world. Amazon.com’s logo was designed with an arrow going from A to Z to signify that items are available from A to Z and was formed in the shape of a smile.

Bezos has been married to his wife MacKenzie since 1993 and they have 4 children, including an adopted daughter from China and three sons.

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