Jeff Bezos was born on January 12, 1964, in Albuquerque, New Mexico to a teenage mother, Jacklyn Gise Jorgensen, and his biological father, Ted Jorgenson. In 1986 he graduated from Princeton University with a degree in computer science and electrical engineering summa cumlaude.
From 1986 to early 1994, he worked on Wall Street and in various related areas. In the early years after high school, Bezos developed the Dream Institute, a center to promote creative thinking among young students.
Shortly after, he founded Amazon in late 1994 after a road trip from New York City to Seattle. Amazon started out as an online bookshop and has since expanded into a variety of other e-commerce products and services including video and audio streaming, cloud computing, and artificial intelligence.
He is also the owner of The Washington Post and founder of the space company Blue Origin. His net worth has exceeded $177 billion, and he has been not only one of the richest people on the planet, but also one of the richest people on the planet dating at least until 1982. Bezos holds many stakes in traditional investments such as real estate as well as shares in other prominent companies.
Bezos was named Person of the Year by The Times in 1999 and had an estimated fortune of $124.5 billion in 2018, according to Forbes. He lost America’s richest man crown to Tesla and SpaceX boss Elon Musk in January 2021. In July 2021, his fortune passed the $200 billion mark.