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Jeff Bezos turns 58 today. Here are 14 things you might not know about the Amazon founder.

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.MARK RALSTON/AFP via Getty Images You might not know that Jeff Bezos almost named Amazon "Cadabra." He survived a helicopter crash in Texas in 2003. In August 2020, he became the first person to accumulate a fortune of over $200 billion. His mother, Jacklyn Bezos, gave birth to him when she was a teenager. Jeff Bezos in 1997.Paul Souders/Getty Images According to CNBC, Bezos, then Jacklyn Gise Jorgensen, was barely 17 years old and a junior in high school when sh...
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Jeff Bezos just traveled to the edge of space. Here are 13 things you probably didn't know about the Amazon founder.

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. MARK RALSTON/AFP via Getty Images Jeff Bezos launched 62 miles above Earth aboard Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket on Tuesday. You might not know that Bezos almost named Amazon "Cadabra." In August 2020, he became the first person to accumulate a fortune of over $200 billion. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. His mother, Jacklyn Bezos, gave birth to him when she was a teenager. Jeff Bezos in 1997. Paul Souders/Getty Images ...
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Jeff Bezos launches to the edge of space today. Here are 13 things you probably didn't know about the Amazon founder.

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. MARK RALSTON/AFP via Getty Images Jeff Bezos will launch to space aboard Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket at 9 a.m. ET. You might not know that Bezos almost named Amazon "Cadabra." In August 2020, he became the first person to accumulate a fortune of over $200 billion. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. His mother, Jacklyn Bezos, gave birth to him when she was a teenager. Jeff Bezos in 1997. Paul Souders/Getty Images Accord...
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Jeff Bezos originally wanted to name Amazon 'Cadabra,' and 14 other little-known facts about the early days of the e-commerce giant

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos in 1999. Chris Carroll/Corbis/Getty Images Amazon and its founder, Jeff Bezos, have come a long way since 1994. For instance, Bezos wanted to call the company "Cadabra," but was talked out of it. Plus, the team rang a bell each time a purchase was made, but abandoned it when sales soared. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. When Amazon was founded on July 5, 1994, as a website that only sold books, founder Jeff Bezos had a vision for the compan...
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'Amazon' wasn't the original name of Jeff Bezos' company, and 14 other little-known facts about the early days of Amazon

Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Amazon and its founder, Jeff Bezos, have come a long way since 1995. For instance, Bezos wanted to call the company "Cadabra," but was talked out of it. Plus, the team rang a bell each time a purchase was made, but abandoned it when sales soared. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. When Amazon launched on July 16, 1995 as a website that only sold books, founder Jeff Bezos had a vision for the company's explosive ...
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13 things you probably didn't know about Jeff Bezos

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. MARK RALSTON/AFP via Getty Images Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, who turns 57 on January 12, was born in New Mexico to a teenage mother and father.  Even at a young age, he showed a knack for engineering and inventing. You might not know that Bezos almost named his wildly successful company "Cadabra." In August 2020, he became the first person to accumulate a fortune of over $200 billion. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Jeff Bezos is known as ...
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Startup Ideas that Began Small and Got Big

Entrepreneurs are pioneers that look to create solutions to address the needs of their customers. Launching your own startup business requires a leap of faith and might be long and risky. Those who have found their niche, focused on innovation, planned for their growth, collaborated and had a little bit of luck have succeeded. However, many entrepreneurs are overwhelmed by the belief they have to start from scratch. They ponder on what they could do that no one has ever done before. In other wo...
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Check out the first job listing Jeff Bezos ever posted for Amazon, from 24 years ago (AMZN)

Jeff Bezos posted a job ad looking for a computer programmer 24 years ago on Wednesday. The salary for the job included significant equity, but the company wasn't even called Amazon yet. Read the entire job listing below.  24 years ago, a little-known entrepreneur posted a job listing to Usenet, a pre-internet message board. He was looking for "extremely talented" software developers to "help pioneer commerce on the internet."  That entrepreneur? Jeff Bezos, who built that startup into Amazo...
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How Amazon got its name (AMZN)

Amazon was originally called "Cadabra," as in "abracadabra," according to Brad Stone's book "The Everything Store." But CEO Jeff Bezos' lawyer told him the reference to magic was too obscure. Bezos and his wife brainstormed other names — they still own the domain name "Relentless.com." While looking through the "A" section of the dictionary, Bezos discovered the word "Amazon," which seemed fitting because it was earth's largest river and he was building earth's largest bookstore. Naming your...
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