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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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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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Meet Mark Bezos, the younger brother of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos who just joined him aboard Blue Origin's first human space flight

Mark Bezos, left, and Jeff Bezos. Amy Harris/Invision/AP Jeff Bezos asked his younger brother, Mark, to join him on Blue Origin's human spaceflight. Mark, who is six years Jeff's junior, is a volunteer fireman who has his own private equity firm. He and Jeff are the "closest friends." Jeff he described him as the "funniest guy in my life." See more stories on Insider's business page. Jeff Bezos and his younger brother, Mark, just briefly visited space.The Amazon and Blue Origi...
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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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Meet Mark Bezos, the younger brother of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos who's about to join him aboard Blue Origin's first human space flight

Mark Bezos, left, and Jeff Bezos. Amy Harris/Invision/AP Jeff Bezos announced that his brother, Mark, will join him on a Blue Origin flight to space. Mark, who is six years Jeff's junior, is a volunteer fireman who has his own private equity firm. He and Jeff are the "closest friends." Jeff he described him as the "funniest guy in my life." See more stories on Insider's business page. On July 20, Jeff Bezos and his younger brother, Mark, are heading to space. The Amazon founder an...
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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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Jeff Bezos just finalized his divorce for 75% of Amazon stock. Here's how he built the $1 trillion company to become the world's richest man (AMZN)

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos just finalized his divorce with MacKenzie Bezos. The two announced in January they had filed for divorce after 25 years of marriage.  MacKenzie Bezos said she gave her ex-husband 75% of their joint Amazon stock, as well as voting rights over the shares she will retain. Jeff Bezos co-founded Amazon in 1995. The company has since grown to one of the most valuable, powerful companies on the planet. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Jeff Bezos, founder and ...
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Jeff Bezos finalized his divorce agreement for 75% of Amazon stock. Here's how he built the $1 trillion company to become the world's richest man (AMZN)

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos just finalized the terms of his divorce with MacKenzie Bezos. The two announced in January they had filed for divorce after 25 years of marriage.  MacKenzie Bezos said she gave her ex-husband 75% of their joint Amazon stock, as well as voting rights over the shares she will retain. Jeff Bezos co-founded Amazon in 1995. The company has since grown to one of the most valuable, powerful companies on the planet. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Jeff Bezos,...
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The rise of Jeff Bezos, who built Amazon into a $1 trillion company and became the richest person in modern history (AMZN)

It's been an eventful few months of Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon. In July, Bezos reached a new milestone: his net worth hit $150 billion, making him, as Bloomberg put it, the richest person in modern history. And then on Tuesday, Bezos and Amazon hit another milestone: Amazon briefly became  the second US company to achieve a valuation of more than $1 trillion — though its market cap sunk just under the threshhold thereafter. That success hasn't come overnight, however. Bezos began ...
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Jeff Bezos' parents may be worth billions because of one 1995 investment

It may be the most successful venture investment of all time.In 1995, Jackie and Mike Bezos plowed US$245,573 (NZ$360,000) into their son's fledgling e-commerce website, according to a prospectus two years later. It was a big gamble,... [Author: [email protected]]
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Jeff Bezos' parents invested $245,573 in Amazon in 1995 — now they could be worth $30 billion (AMZN)

Jeff Bezos' parents, Jackie and Mike Bezos, invested $245,573 in Amazon in 1995.  Now, their investment could be worth as much as $30 billion, according to estimates from Bloomberg.  That would be a 12,000,000% return on their investment.  Jeff Bezos isn't the only astronomically wealthy member of the Bezos family.  In 1995, Bezos was trying to get Amazon off the ground and turned to his mother and stepfather, Jackie and Mike Bezos, for an investment. They complied, investing $245,573 in the...
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The life and career rise of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, the richest person in modern history (AMZN)

Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon, reached a new milestone recently: his net worth reached $150 billion, making him, as Bloomberg put it, the richest person in modern history. As his Amazon empire continues to expand, Bezos continues to amass his fortune. He first nabbed the title of world's richest person last summer, and is now worth $55 billion more than Microsoft founder Bill Gates, according to Bloomberg's Billionaires Index. But Bezos' rise to the top is has taken decades. He got his...
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How Jeff Bezos' parents reacted to the news their son was leaving Wall Street to start selling books on the internet (AMZN)

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos told his parents he was leaving Wall Street to start selling books on the internet in the mid-90s, according to "The Everything Store" by Brad Stone. At first, his parents were skeptical. Soon after, they invested $100,000 in the company. Today, Bezos' parents run the Bezos Family Foundation, a philanthropic organization. "What do you mean, you are going to sell books over the internet?" That was Mike Bezos' — Jeff Bezos' father — first reaction when Jeff Bezos called t...
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The world's richest man, Jeff Bezos, just donated $33 million to educate Dreamers in honor of his immigrant father

Jeff Bezos donated $33 million to provide college scholarships to illegal immigrants brought to the US as children by their parents, known as 'Dreamers.' Bezos has been vocal in pressuring the Trump administration and Congress to bring back protections to Dreamers. Bezos made the donation in honor of his father, who fled Cuba to the US alone when he was 15, went to college in the US, and lived the American dream, including raising the boy who would found Amazon and become the richest man in th...
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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is once again the richest person in the world — here's how he got there (AMZN)

Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon, once again surpassed Bill Gates on Friday to become the richest person in the world. After Amazon reported its third-quarter earnings on Thursday — handily beating analysts' estimates for earnings and revenue — Bezos regained his title as world's richest person, a title he claimed once before last July.  Bezos now has a net worth of roughly $90.6 billion. Here's how the former hedge funder got his start and became the world's richest person. Jillian D'Onf...
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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is the new richest person in the world — here's how he got there (AMZN)

Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon, surpassed Bill Gates on Thursday to become the richest person in the world, with a net worth of roughly $90 billion. Today, his "Everything Store" sells more than $136 billion worth of goods a year. Here's how the former hedge funder got his start and became one of the world's richest people. Jillian D'Onfro and Eugene Kim contributed to an earlier version of this story.SEE ALSO: 'JEFF BEZOS IS A DIFFERENT SPECIES': Buffett and Munger praise Bezos, Amazon ...
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The fabulous life of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, the second-richest person in the world (AMZN)

Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon, is one of the most powerful figures in tech, with a net worth of roughly $82 billion. Today, his "Everything Store" sells more than $136 billion worth of goods a year. Here's how the former hedge funder got his start and became one of the world's richest people.  Jillian D'Onfro and Eugene Kim contributed to an earlier version of this piece. SEE ALSO: 'JEFF BEZOS IS A DIFFERENT SPECIES': Buffett and Munger praise Bezos, Amazon Jeff Bezos' mom, Jackie, was ...
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Brands Join Bezos Foundation's Vroom Initiative to Help Childhood Brain Development

Goya, Johnson & Johnson and Amazon are the first three companies to jump aboard Vroom, an initiative created by the Bezos Family Foundation and creative shop Johannes Leonardo aimed helping childhood brain development.Vroom's founders -- Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' parents Jackie and Mike Bezos -- started talking about the project with Johannes Leonardo about three years ago. The statistic that stood out to the advertising agency during initial discussions was that "80% of brain connections are forme...
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The fabulous life of Amazon's billionaire CEO Jeff Bezos (AMZN)

Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon, is one of the most powerful figures in tech, with a net worth of roughly $57 billion. Today his "Everything Store" sells over $100 billion worth of goods a year. Unfamiliar with Bezos' story? Disclosure: Jeff Bezos is an investor in Business Insider through his personal investment company Bezos Expeditions. SEE ALSO: With a $57 billion fortune, Jeff Bezos is the world's wealthiest tech CEO Jeff Bezos' mom, Jackie, was a teenager when she had him in Janua...
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The life and awesomeness of Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos (AMZN)

Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon, is one of the most powerful figures in tech, with a net worth of roughly $57 billion. Today his "Everything Store" sells over $100 billion worth of goods a year. Unfamiliar with Bezos' story?SEE ALSO: With a $57 billion fortune, Jeff Bezos is the world's wealthiest tech CEO Jeff Bezos' mom, Jackie, was a teenager when she had him in January 1964. She had recently married Cuban immigrant Mike Bezos, who adopted Jeff. Jeff didn't learn that Mike wasn't his r...
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