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Jeff Bezos turns 58 today. Here's how he built Amazon into a $1.7 trillion company and became one of the world's richest people.

Jeff Bezos inside Amazon's Spheres in 2018.The Washington Post/Getty Images Jeff Bezos began his career as a hedge-funder in New York before leaving to start Amazon. Amazon struggled to turn a profit at first, but these days, it's worth $1.7 trillion. Its share price has hit new highs during the pandemic. Along the way, Bezos has faced antitrust scrutiny, weathered scandals, traveled to space, and become one of the world's richest people. Jeff Bezos' mom, Jackie, was a teen...
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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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Warren Buffett and Bill Gates have been friends for 30 years. Here are 6 other exec friendships that have thrived in the competitive world of Silicon Valley.

Warren Buffett, left, and Bill Gates.Reuters/Jason Lee Silicon Valley might be competitive, but it's also a breeding ground for friendships. Elon Musk is close friends with Google's Larry Page and Sergey Brin; Larry Ellison gave the eulogy at Steve Jobs' funeral. Here's a closer look at some of the friendships that have formed among Silicon Valley CEOs.  Elon Musk and Jack Dorsey Elon Musk, left, and Jack Dorsey.Joe Skipper/Reuters; Philippe Wojazer/Reuters While it's ...
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The FBI still hasn't found proof that Saudi Arabia hacked Jeff Bezos' phone and isn't prioritizing that theory, report says

A composite image of Jeff Bezos and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.Joshua Roberts/Reuters and Mandel Ngan/Reuters The National Enquirer published intimate texts exposing Bezos' affair with Lauren Sanchez in 2019. Bezos' team accused Saudi Arabia of hacking his phone and leaking the texts to the tabloid. The FBI opened an investigation but didn't prioritize looking into whether the Saudis were involved, the WSJ reported. The FBI is yet to find proof to substantiate claims t...
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Jeff Bezos donated $100 million to the Obama Foundation, the largest individual gift in its history

Jeff Bezos speaks at the COP26 United Nations climate conference.PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Amazon founder Jeff Bezos made a $100 million donation to the Obama Foundation.  The donation is the largest individual gift in the organization's history.  Bezos has ramped up his charitable giving in recent months after leaving the helm of Amazon. Jeff Bezos has made a $100 million donation to the Obama Foundation, the largest individual donation in the organization's history. The Amazon founde...
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Jeff Bezos responds to critics who say he should spend his money on Earth rather than space: 'We need to do both'

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and girlfriend Lauren Sánchez pose at the LACMA Art and Film Gala in Los Angeles, California, U.S. November 6, 2021.REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni Jeff Bezos was asked to respond to critics who say billionaires should focus on Earth rather than space. Critics miss the fact that "we need to do both, and that the two things are deeply connected," he said. Bezos said he spends more money on his climate change charity than he does on space. Amazon founder and Blue Origin CEO Jeff...
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Jeff Bezos playfully warns Leonardo DiCaprio after viral video with girlfriend Lauren Sánchez

Jeff Bezos has his eyes on one of Hollywood's biggest heartthrobs. He responded to a video of Leonardo DiCaprio hitting it off with Lauren Sánchez.       [Author: USA TODAY]
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Jeff Bezos playfully warns Leonardo DiCaprio after viral video with girlfriend Lauren Sánchez

Jeff Bezos has his eyes on one of Hollywood's biggest heartthrobs. He responded to a video of Leonardo DiCaprio hitting it off with Lauren Sánchez.        [Author: USA TODAY]
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Jeff Bezos jokingly threatens Leonardo DiCaprio after video surfaces of the actor talking to Bezos' girlfriend

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, left, and actor and producer Leonardo DiCaprio. Joshua Roberts/Reuters; Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP Amazon founder Jeff Bezos issued a joking threat to Leonardo DiCaprio on Twitter. Video from a gala showed Bezos and his girlfriend, Lauren Sanchez, chatting closely with the actor. Bezos and Sanchez were outed as a couple in January 2019 amid Bezos' divorce. Leonardo DiCaprio, watch your back. A video making the rounds on Twitter Monday shows the actor and pro...
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Jeff Bezos attends LACMA Art+Film Gala with his glamorous girlfriend Lauren Sanchez

The Albuquerque-born couple were the picture of style as they put on a loved-up display on the red carpet #lacmaartfilmgala #jeffbezos #laurensanchez
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Photos show the lineup of private jets that the world's elite, including Jeff Bezos, took to the UN's climate conference in Scotland

Private jets and government aircraft in Glasgow, Scotland for the COP26 UN climate conference. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/POOL/AFP via Getty The COP26 UN climate conference kicked off in Glasgow, Scotland, with high-profile attendees. President Joe Biden, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and Jeff Bezos all arrived on private jets. Private jet travel remains a blind spot for world leaders and the wealthy when discussing climate change. Private jets owned by the world's elite have descended on ...
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Van Jones on his new podcast in partnership with Amazon Music and how he plans to implement a $100 million gift for charity from Jeff Bezos

Van Jones. Leigh Vogel/Getty Images Van Jones spoke to Insider about his new podcast, "Uncommon Ground with Van Jones," which debuted this week in partnership with Amazon Music. Jones also discussed his work in criminal-justice reform and the award he received from Jeff Bezos that included a $100 million gift for non-profit recipients of Jones' choosing. Van Jones, the CNN political commentator, activist, and entrepreneur, spoke to Insider last week in a phone interview tied to the rel...
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Look at this really big boat that may or may not be Jeff Bezos' new superyacht

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. MARK RALSTON/AFP via Getty Images We may have gotten our first look at Jeff Bezos' new superyacht. The 417-foot vessel was photographed rolling out of a shipyard in the Netherlands. Bezos' yacht will become the world's largest sailing yacht once completed. We may have just gotten our first glimpse at Jeff Bezos' new superyacht. New photos and videos surfaced over the weekend of a 417-foot yacht rolling out of a shipyard in Zwijndrecht, Netherland...
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Jeff Bezos and Lauren Sanchez enjoy date night at play about capitalism

The three-hour play “The Lehman Trilogy” tracks the rise and fall of the Lehman family and their heirs from nothing to banking...
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Jeff Bezos reportedly bought a new house on Maui after spending weeks donating to local charities

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has purchased a home on Maui, Pacific Business News reports. Bezos has been making donations to local organizations over the past several weeks. Several other tech execs have put down roots in Hawaii, including Larry Ellison and Mark Zuckerberg. See more stories on Insider's business page. Jeff Bezos appears to be the latest tech exec to put down roots in Hawaii.According to Pacific Business News'...
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Jeff Bezos and his girlfriend Lauren Sánchez meet with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson in New York

Boris Johnson (left) met with Jeff Bezos and his girlfriend Lauren Sánchez while in New York. Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson met Jeff Bezos and Lauren Sánchez in New York on Monday. Bezos discussed climate change and taxation with Johnson, a Downing Street spokesperson said. Bezos said on Monday he would donate $1 billion to conservation efforts this year. See more stories on Insider's business page. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos sat down with UK Prime Min...
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SCOTT GALLOWAY: Bezos' Blue Origin trip was an empty-calories honor for an 'egonaut,' not an astronaut

Jeff Bezos walks with Lauren Sanchez ahead of Blue Origin spaceflight. Joe Raedle/Getty Images Scott Galloway is a bestselling author and professor of marketing at NYU Stern. The following is a recent blog post, republished with permission, that originally ran on his blog, "No Mercy / No Malice." In it, Galloway shares why he thinks Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin flight wasn't the milestone it's chalked up to be. See more stories on Insider's business page. Ever since the first tr...
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Lauren Sanchez, Jeff Bezos' family, and a former NFL player were among the crowd that welcomed the flight crew back to Earth - see who else was there

Jeff Bezos hugs his mom, Jackie, after his spaceflight. Blue Origin / New Shepard First Human Flight A swarm of well-wishers showed up for hugs and champagne after Jeff Bezos' spacecraft landed. The group included his parents, Mike and Jackie, and his son, Preston. Bezos' girlfriend, Lauren Sanchez, and former NFL tight end Tony Gonzalez, were there too. See more stories on Insider's business page. On Tuesday morning, Jeff Bezos and his fellow passengers floated down to the We...
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Jeff Bezos says 'you have a very happy crew up here' as he returns to Earth after a successful flight to the edge of space

Jeff Bezos high fives a Blue Origin employee as he disembarks after a successful space flight. Blue Origin Jeff Bezos successfully flew to the edge of space and back on Tuesday. Bezos was joined by his brother Mark, 82-year-old Wally Funk, and 18-year-old Oliver Daemen. "You have a very happy crew up here," Bezos said as the crew floated back toward Earth. See more stories on Insider's business page. Jeff Bezos and his fellow passengers have successfully ventured to the edge of space ...
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Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos photographed at the Sun Valley 'billionaire summer camp'

Bill Gates (front) at the Sun Valley Conference, 2021 with President and CEO of Chubb Limited Evan Greenberg. Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images Bill Gates was photographed at the Sun Valley conference on Thursday. Gates has faced numerous unflattering media reports since news of his divorce broke in May. Jeff Bezos was also spotted at the Sun Valley conference with his girlfriend Lauren Sanchez. See more stories on Insider's business page. Microsoft founder Bill Gates and Amazon founder Jeff ...
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Jeff Bezos is about to step down as Amazon CEO. Here's how he built Amazon into a $1.7 trillion company and became the world's richest person.

Jeff Bezos inside Amazon's Spheres in 2018. The Washington Post/Getty Images Jeff Bezos will step down as Amazon CEO on July 5, 27 years to the day after he founded the company. Bezos got his start as a New York hedge-funder and grew Amazon into a $1.7 trillion business. Along the way, he faced antitrust scrutiny, weathered scandal, and became the world's richest man. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. After 27 years in charge, Jeff Bezos is stepping down as A...
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Jeff Bezos accused his girlfriend's brother of hiding ownership of a $2.5 million property to avoid paying his legal fees, court filings show

Michael Sanchez, left, and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. John Sciulli/Getty Images for Politicon; Getty Images Jeff Bezos said in a that Michael Sanchez tried to avoid paying a defamation judgment. The filing accused Sanchez of transferring his California residence to a limited liability company. Thursday's court filing marked the latest development in an ongoing legal battle. See more stories on Insider's business page. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos on Thursday said that his girlfriend'...
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Jeff Bezos and his girlfriend, Lauren Sanchez, have weathered a tabloid scandal, family drama, and a possibly even a hack by foreign operatives. Here's where their relationship began and everything that's happened since.

Jeff Bezos and Lauren Sanchez. Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Contributor Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Lauren Sanchez were publicly outed as a couple in January 2019. Since then they have both finalized their divorces and embarked on a whirlwind romance. Bezos has announced that he'll step down as Amazon CEO in the third quarter. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. It's been a turbulent two years for Jeff Bezos and his girlfriend, Lauren Sanchez.In January 2019, the bombs...
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Jeff Bezos used to test Amazon's Echo Show by asking Alexa to play videos mocking Trump

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, left, and former President Donald Trump. MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images; Erin Schaff/Getty Images Jeff Bezos used to test the Echo Show by asking Alexa to play videos making fun of Donald Trump. Bezos and Trump have long been at odds, stemming from Bezos' ownership of the Washington Post. Trump also criticized Amazon over matters like the USPS and its attempt to win the JEDI contract. See more stories on Insider's business page. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and fo...
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Jeff Bezos' sudden keen interest in helicopters reportedly revealed his affair with Lauren Sanchez

Lauren Sanchez and Jeff Bezos. Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Amazon execs pre-empted Jeff Bezos' divorce announcement, according to a new book. It said Bezos had apparently taken an unusual interest in helicopters in 2018. Details later emerged about the CEO's relationship with helicopter pilot Lauren Sanchez. See more stories on Insider's business page. Back in 2019, Jeff Bezos announced that he and his wife, MacKenzie, were seeking a divorce.Only hours later, the National Enquire...
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Jeff Bezos' keen interest in helicopters reportedly revealed his affair with Lauren Sanchez

Lauren Sanchez and Jeff Bezos. Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Amazon execs pre-empted Jeff Bezos' divorce announcement, according to a new book. It said Bezos had apparently taken an unusual interest in helicopters in 2018. Details later emerged about the CEO's relationship with helicopter pilot Lauren Sanchez. See more stories on Insider's business page. Back in 2019, Jeff Bezos announced that he and his wife, MacKenzie, were seeking a divorce.Only hours later, the National Enquire...
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Jeff Bezos is building a gigantic luxury yacht that's expected to be one of the best in the world - and he's adding a 'support yacht' with its own helipad

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. Andrej Sokolow/picture alliance via Getty Images Jeff Bezos is building a 127-meter luxury mega-yacht, according to a new book. He is also adding a second, "support yacht" that has its own helipad. Bezos hasn't owned a ship in the past, but he's displayed a fondness for yacht travel. See more stories on Insider's business page. Jeff Bezos may soon be sailing the high seas in his very own mega-yacht. The Amazon CEO has commissioned a 127-meter custom yach...
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Bezos wins small portion of legal fees sought in clash with girlfriend Lauren Sanchez's brother

A Los Angeles judge awarded Amazon founder Jeff Bezos a fraction of the legal fees he sought to recover following a lengthy court battle with his girlfriend’s brother, Michael Sanchez.
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Jeff Bezos has been awarded $218,000 in legal fees after fighting off a defamation suit brought by his girlfriend's brother. Here's how the Amazon CEO became embroiled in a tangled web of lawsuits and family drama.

Michael Sanchez, left, and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. John Sciulli/Getty Images for Politicon; Getty Images Jeff Bezos was awarded $218,000 in legal fees after Michael Sanchez's unsuccessful defamation suit. Sanchez, the brother of Bezos' girlfriend, said Bezos falsely accused him of leaking private texts. Last November, a judge threw out the suit, citing a lack of evidence. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Jeff Bezos has been awarded $218,000 in legal fees, the...
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Jeff Bezos was awarded a small portion of the $1.7 million in legal fees he wanted from his girlfriend's brother after a judge said hiring 18 lawyers for the case was unreasonable

Michael Sanchez, left, and Jeff Bezos. John Sciulli/Getty Images for Politicon; Getty Images Jeff Bezos was awarded $218,385 in legal fees following a suit brought by his girlfriend's brother. It's a fraction of the $1.7 million Bezos originally requested. A judge ruled that the number of hours billed and lawyers used was "not reasonable."  Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Jeff Bezos has been awarded $218,000 to cover legal fees he incurred fighting an unsuccessful d...
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