Jeff Bezos Fast Facts
Here is a look at the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Amazon.com, Jeff Bezos. As of March 2018, Forbes ranked Bezos as the world's richest man.
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
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 Amazon.com.
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.
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.
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.
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.
December 14, 2016 - Along with other tech executives, Bezos meets with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower to discuss issues such as education, trade and immigration.
March 6, 2018 - Ranks number one on the Forbes list of The World's Billionaires, with a net worth of $112 billion. He becomes the first billionaire on the list with over $100 billion.
September 5, 2018 - Bezos contributes $10 million to With Honor, a nonpartisan organization and super PAC that aims to increase the number of veterans in politics.
September 13, 2018 - Bezos announces via Twitter that he and his wife will commit $2 billion to a fund called "Bezos Day One Fund." The fund will support nonprofits that help homeless families and create a network of preschools in low-income communities.
January 9, 2018 - In a joint statement, Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie, announce that they are getting a divorce after 25 years of marriage.