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Jeffrey Preston Bezos, originally Jorgensen and better known as Jeff Bezos, was born on January 12, 1964, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA. He is an American internet entrepreneur, most known as the founder, CEO, and chairman of the e-commerce website Amazon.com. In 2020, Bezos became the first person in the world to have a personal fortune exceeding $200 billion. In February 2021, Bezos announced his plans to step down as CEO of Amazon in the summer of 2021 and hand over the position to Andy Jassy. Perhaps it might be wise to have some renewal and fresh thinking at the otherwise heavily criticized company. For money, at least, Jeff Bezos seems to have secured generations to come. Below are ten facts you may not have known about one of the world’s most famous internet entrepreneurs.

Jeff Bezos miraculously survived a helicopter crash…

In March 2003, Bezos was a passenger in a helicopter crash in Texas, USA. The helicopter’s tail hit a mound of dirt and mud, causing the helicopter to crash. At the time, Bezos was scouting locations for a new business venture, Blue Origin, a spaceflight company in its early stages. Bezos and the three other people on board survived the crash. “Avoid helicopters when possible“, Bezos recommended the following year in 2004. “They’re not as reliable as airplanes“. [source]

He helped deliver books during Amazon’s early days…

Bezos’ strong work ethic has served him extremely well along the way. When he first started Amazon in 1995, the company’s headquarters were in Bezos’ garage, and he personally helped deliver books to customers. To ensure he had enough money to keep the fledgling business afloat, Bezos saved on everything possible. He built his employees’ desks by hand from discarded doors and old used lumber. [source]

Bezos’ strong work ethic has served him extremely well along the way. When he first started Amazon in 1995, the company’s headquarters were in Bezos’ garage, and he personally helped deliver books to customers. To ensure he had enough money to keep the fledgling business afloat, Bezos saved on everything possible. He built his employees’ desks by hand from discarded doors and old used lumber.

Bezos’ first name for Amazon never took off…

Amazon is not the company’s original name, but rather its third. The retailer started as Cadabra, as in “abracadabra“. However, Bezos abandoned the name when people mistakenly pronounced the business as “cadaver“. Realizing his approach was wrong, Bezos changed the name to Relentless. Bezos still owns the Relentless web domain, and if you type “relentless.com” into your browser, it automatically redirects to Amazon.com, the current name of the online marketplace.  [source]

“The two-pizza” rule…

One of Bezos’ business theories has gained significant attention: the two-pizza team. The method aims to make team meetings as productive as possible. The “two-pizza” rule is simple: if two pizzas are not enough to feed the meeting participants, then there are simply too many people present for a truly productive conference. It streamlines everyone’s efficiency and reduces unnecessary, time-consuming meetings, according to Bezos himself. [source]

One of Bezos’ business theories has gained significant attention: the two-pizza team. The method aims to make team meetings as productive as possible. The "two-pizza" rule is simple: if two pizzas are not enough to feed the meeting participants, then there are simply too many people present for a truly productive conference. It streamlines everyone’s efficiency and reduces unnecessary, time-consuming meetings, according to Bezos himself.

He wants to be a pioneer of space travel…

Jeff Bezos’ company Blue Origin is intended to send tourists to space on a regular basis. The future “space tourists” will not be trained as astronauts – they will be ordinary people, albeit with hundreds of thousands of dollars to spend on space trips. They will undergo training at Blue Origin headquarters a few days before launch. Bezos referred to his space trips as “the most important work he does”. [source]

Funded an underwater expedition to recover lost Apollo spacecraft parts…

Bezos is a big fan and a major financial supporter of space exploration. In 2013, he financed a private underwater expedition to recover a rocket engine used in Apollo space missions that disappeared over the Atlantic over 40 years ago. The parts were found and are now on display at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, USA. [source]

Made a guest appearance on The Simpsons – as himself…

You can add Jeff Bezos to the long list of guest stars on the long-running animated series The Simpsons. In season 20, in the episode “The Burns and the Bees“, Mr. Burns goes to “Billionaire Camp”. Present are many other super-rich business giants, including Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Mark Cuban and Jeff Bezos. Mark Cuban and Jeff Bezos provided their own voices for their characters in the episode. [source]

You can add Jeff Bezos to the long list of guest stars on the long-running animated series The Simpsons. In season 20, in the episode "The Burns and the Bees", Mr. Burns goes to "Billionaire Camp". Present are many other super-rich business giants, including Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Mark Cuban and Jeff Bezos. Mark Cuban and Jeff Bezos provided their own voices for their characters in the episode.

Bezos never uses alarm clocks…

According to his own statement, Jeff Bezos has no use for alarm clocks. He wakes up naturally every morning; he believes it is healthier to rise according to his internal clock rather than through a jarring alarm. He also believes in eating breakfast every day and never schedules meetings early in the workday. Bezos dedicates his mornings to spending time with his wife MacKenzie and their children. [source]

Likely earned billions from Google…

One of Bezos’ early investments that yielded significant returns was his funding of one million dollars in Google. He supported Google’s founders when they wanted to lay the foundation for a revolutionary search engine in 1998. The exact amount of money Bezos has earned from the investment remains unclear, but the likelihood is very high that he has made billions from it – apart from Amazon, that is. [source]

One of Bezos’ early investments that yielded significant returns was his funding of one million dollars in Google. He supported Google’s founders when they wanted to lay the foundation for a revolutionary search engine in 1998. The exact amount of money Bezos has earned from the investment remains unclear, but the likelihood is very high that he has made billions from it – apart from Amazon, that is.

Disassembled his own crib as a toddler…

As a little boy, Bezos was resourceful. At the age of 3, he desperately wanted to sleep in a bed rather than a crib. So he used a screwdriver to dismantle his crib in the hope of sleeping in a real bed. The story has become part of the mythology surrounding Bezos. However, it is unclear whether his early attempts at diligence were successful. [source]


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