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
He was adopted at a young age by his stepfather, Miguel "Mike" Bezos, an engineer at Exxon.
Leaves D. E. Shaw & Co. in order to develop Amazon.com
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.
Is inducted into the American Academy of Achievement
, an organization that helps students meet American leaders.
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.
- 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 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.
March 2016 - Ranked number five on Forbes' list of the world's billionaires, with a net worth of $45.2 billion.