Jeff Bezos Fast Facts

Jeff Bezos, chief executive officer of Inc., watches a video of the new Kindle Fire HD tablet at a news conference in Santa Monica, California. Photographer: Patrick Fallon/Bloomberg via Getty Images

(CNN)Here is a look at the founder and Chief Executive Officer of, Jeff Bezos.

Birth date:
January 12, 1964

Birth place: Albuquerque, New Mexico

    Birth name: Jeffrey Preston Jorgensen

    Father: Ted Jorgensen

    Mother: Jackie (Gise) Bezos

    Marriage: MacKenzie (Tuttle) Bezos (1993-present)

    Children: A daughter adopted from China, and three sons

    Education: Princeton University, B.S., 1986

    Other Facts:
    He was adopted at a young age by his stepfather, Miguel "Mike" Bezos, an engineer at Exxon.

    1994 -
    Leaves D. E. Shaw & Co. in order to develop

    1999 - Is named Time magazine's Person of the Year.

    2000 - Founds Blue Origin, LLC, an aerospace company to provide low-cost access to private space travel.

    2001 - Is inducted into the American Academy of Achievement, an organization that helps students meet American leaders.

    2011 - Bezos and his wife donate $15 million to create the Bezos Center for Neural Circuit Dynamics at Princeton University.

    November 2012 - Fortune Magazine names Bezos its 2012 Businessperson of the Year.

    March 2012-2013 - Leads the privately funded Apollo 11 F-1 Engine Recovery project team that, in March 2013, recovers parts of two rocket engines from the Atlantic seafloor. The rockets from the 1969 Apollo 11 mission remain property of NASA.

    August 5, 2013 - It is announced that Bezos is purchasing the Washington Post. Bezos officially becomes the owner on October 1.

    January 1, 2014 - Bezos is evacuated on an Ecuadorian navy helicopter from the Galapagos Islands after he develops kidney stones. An Amazon spokesman later says that no surgery was required.

    March 2015 - Ranked number 15 on Forbes' list of the world's billionaires with a net worth of $34 billion.

    November 24, 2015 - Bezos' company Blue Origin successfully lands a rocket back on earth after a space flight. In the past, rockets were disposed of after launching space crafts. Reusable rockets would substantially reduce the cost of space flight.