Jeff Bezos’ Journey from the Suburban Garage to the Edge of Space, Retail News, ET Retail



US business mogul Jeff Bezos, founder of Inc, will launch aboard Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket on Tuesday, nine days after rival Richard Branson became the first multi-billion dollar astronaut.

Here’s a look at Bezos’ life, from building an ecommerce startup in a garage in suburban Seattle to launching into space, a dream the entrepreneur has dreamed of since he was five.

  • 1964: Jeffrey Preston Jorgensen was born on January 12th in Albuquerque, New Mexico to Jacklyn Gise and Ted Jorgensen and later adopted by Miguel Bezos
  • 1986: Graduates from Princeton University after studying electrical engineering and computer science
  • 1990: Joins investment bank DE Shaw & Co, soon to be named the company’s youngest Senior Vice President
  • 1993: Married MacKenzie Tuttle, whom he worked for DE Shaw. got to know
  • 1994: Bezos, who called himself a “garage inventor” at a young age, leaves DE Shaw and moves to Seattle to open a virtual bookstore out of a garage
  • 1995: sells its first book, quickly begins to expand and diversify
  • 2000: Bezos founds his rocket startup Blue Origin
  • 2006: Amazon launches cloud computing service Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Amazon Unbox, the original video programming service that is later renamed Amazon Prime Video
  • 2007: Amazon releases Kindle, a portable digital reader
  • 2012: Blue Origin begins flight tests in New Shepard
  • 2019: Jeff and MacKenzie file for divorce after 25 years of marriage; the couple have four children together
  • 2021: Bezos is stepping down as CEO of Amazon on July 5, but remains executive chairman of the e-commerce giant with net worth of over $ 206 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

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