Jeff Bezos, Founder, President, Chief Executive Officer & Chairman of the board of Amazon.com is an American technology entrepreneur who has played a key role in the growth of e-commerce. Under his guidance, Amazon.com became the largest retailer on the World Wide Web and a top model for Internet sales.
Born on January 12, 1964 (age 49) in Albuquerque, NM, Jeff has a net worth of about $28.9 million today and was named the Person of the Year by Time magazine in 1999.
He tops the Forbes 400 list today at #12, #19 in Billionaires and #27 in the Forbes World’s Most Powerful people list.
In April, 2012, FORBES put Jeff Bezos on the cover as America’s top CEO and only 7 months later saluted the Amazon.com founder and chief executive, with a cover appearance as business person of the year.
Jeff is an avid Investor. His Startup investment portfolio is diverse from Technology to Medicine and Creativity to Media. Jeff Bezos was one of the early investors in Google with an investment of about $250K in 1998. Some of his exciting Startup investments include:
Linden Lab, the maker of the Second Life virtual world
Pelago, makers of Consumer web and mobile utility
ChaCha, Get human-powered answers to any question
ZocDoc, Find a Doctor and book appointments online instantly
Qliance, Medical Management system
Airbnb, the online accommodations-rental website
Mashape, an API marketplace
Workday, human-resources-in-the-cloud company
Uber, the app that connects people with transportation
Behance, online portfolios by creative professionals
Everfi, the Finance Literary platform
Domo, a business platform for executive management
Makerbot, the maker of desktop 3-D printers
Doxo, paperless billing
Glassybaby, which blows handmade glass cups to hold votive candles
Sapphire Energy, which aims to replace petroleum with a renewable “green crude” fuel made out of algae
Nextdoor, that connects people with their neighborhoods
In 2013, Bezos purchased The Washington Post newspaper for $250M.
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His advice to Startups: “If you want to be inventive, You have to be willing to fail”.
Keep an eye on Bezos Expeditions to see all the exciting things Jeff is doing. One of them is the 10,000 Year Clock
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