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Career

The Washington Post
2013–present
Owner Washington, District of Columbia USA
Bezos Expeditions LLC
2005–present
Founder Seattle, Washington USA
Blue Origin, LLC
2000–present
Founder Kent, Washington USA
Amazon.com, Inc.
1994–present
Founder, President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board Seattle, Washington USA
D. E. Shaw & Company
19921994
Senior Vice President New York, New York USA
19901992
Computer Specialist New York, New York USA
Bankers Trust Company
1990
Vice President New York, New York USA
1988
Created computer systems to manage investment funds New York, New York USA
FITEL
19861988
Administration Manager and Associate Director of Technology and Development New York, New York USA

Directorships

19982004
Drugstore.com, Inc. Member of the Board

Professional affiliations

2015–present
The Business Council Washington, District of Columbia USA Chairman, Executive Committee
20112012
The Business Council Washington, District of Columbia USA Member of Executive Committee
Bilderberg Group Chandler's Cross, Hertfordshire UK / St. Moritz, SWITZERLAND Conference participant / Years: 2013 and 2011

Accomplishments of note

2014
Ranked: #12, Bloomberg Billionaires Index New York, New York USA
2012
Winner: Businessperson of the Year Fortune Magazine / New York, New York USA Described as “the ultimate disrupter” for various business activities and the Amazon business model.  
2011
Winner: Innovation Award The Economist / London, England UK with Gregg Zeher Recognized for the development of the Amazon Kindle
1999
Winner: Person of the Year Time (magazine) / New York, New York USA For not only changing the way we do things but helped pave the way for the future

Professional honors and awards

2012
Gold Medal Award National Retail Federation For serving the industry with distinction and achieving a national reputation for excellence
2001
Golden Plate Award Academy of Achievement Honors high achieving individuals in the arts, science and exploration, public service, business and sports
2000
Freedom of Speech Award The Media Institute For bringing authors and their ideas to a global audience, at times over the objections of local governments

Community

Community service

2003–present
Bezos Family Foundation Seattle, Washington USA Director
2012
Washington United For Marriage Seattle, Washington USA Donated $2.5 million to help pass a same-sex marriage referendum in Washington State
2011
Museum of History & Industry Seattle, Washington USA Donated $10 million to establish a "Center for Innovation"
2011
Princeton University Princeton, New Jersey USA Donated $15 million to establish the Bezos Center for Neural Circuit Dynamics

Community honors and awards

2014
Citation of Merit The Explorers Club Jeff Bezos with the Apollo F-1 Engine Search and Recovery Team successfully recovered historic NASA moon rocket engines from the ocean floor
2010
Entrepreneurial Company of the Year (ENCORE) Award Peninsula Chapter of the Stanford GSB Alumni Association
Nationality
American
Politics
Libertarian; has contributed money to both Democrat and Republican parties
Avocation
Space enthusiast
Hobbies
Reading

Education

Primary school
River Oaks Elementary School
Houston, Texas USA
University
Princeton University Princeton, New Jersey USA Bachelor of Science Electrical engineering and computer science Graduated summa cum laude; elected to the Phi Beta Kappa and Tau Beta Pi honor societies; served as President of Princeton’s chapter of Students for the Exploration and Development of Space
Secondary school
Miami Palmetto Senior High School Pinecrest, Florida USA Class of 1982

Class President and Valedictorian; attended Student Science Training Program at the University of Florida. Won Silver Knight Award for Science, given by the Miami Herald, in 1982

Native language
English

Honorary Degrees

2008
Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburg, Pennsylvania USA Doctorate in Science and Technology

Family

Vital statistics

Birth information
January 12, 1964
Gender
Male
Place of birth
Albuquerque, New Mexico USA
Marital status
Married

Marriage

1993–present
MacKenzie S. (Tuttle) Bezos         4 children

Parents

Father
Ted JORGENSEN (biological) | Miguel BEZOS (adoptive)
Mother
Jacklyn (Gise) Jorgensen Bezos

Grandparents

Mother's father
Lawrence Preston GISE
Mother's mother
Mattie (Strait) Gise (1915 - 1977)