Growing up, Bezos worked summers on his grandfather's ranch repairing Caterpillar tractors.
Bezos met Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin in 1998 and managed to become one of the company's first angel investors, putting in an estimated $250,000.
Jeff Bezos founded e-commerce giant Amazon in 1994 out of his Seattle garage.
Bezos stepped down as CEO to become executive chairman in 2021. He owns a bit less than 10% of the company.
He and his wife MacKenzie divorced in 2019 after 25 years of marriage and he transferred a quarter of his then-16% Amazon stake to her.
Bezos donated more than $400 million worth of stock to nonprofits in 2022, though it's unclear which organizations received those shares.
He owns The Washington Post and Blue Origin, an aerospace company developing rockets; he briefly flew to space in one in July 2021.
Bezos said in a November 2022 interview with CNN that he plans to give away the majority of his wealth in his lifetime, without disclosing specific details.
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