Jeff Bezos stepped down as CEO of Amazon — which he helmed for the past 27 years — on July 5.
Though the leadership transition was previously announced, it kicked off quite a bit of speculation about whether Bezos had to quit because taking a supersonic jaunt to the edge of space is too dangerous for the head honcho at one of the world's largest dot-com companies.
But Bezos told CNN Business' Rachel Crane in an interview that wasn't the case:
"I could have done this flight as CEO of Amazon and it would have been fine. First of all, we really believe this flight is safe. I had friends say to me ‘how ‘bout the second flight or the third flight? Why do you have to go on the first flight?’ And the point is, we know the vehicle is safe. If it’s not safe for me, then it’s not safe for anyone."