US business mogul Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon.com 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: Amazon.com 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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