Jeff Bezos

Jeff Bezos

Formal First Name
Jeffrey (Jeff)
1964 - present

Jeff Bezos is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Amazon and the owner of The Washington Post. After graduating from Princeton, he found work at several firms on Wall Street. While his career in finance was extremely lucrative, Bezos chose to make a risky move into the emerging world of e-commerce. He quit his job in 1994 and entered the untapped potential of the Internet market by opening an online bookstore. With countless successful business ventures, this entrepreneur and e-commerce pioneer is one of the richest people in the world today.

Professional Experience

Academic History

  • Bezos showed an early interest in how things work, turning his parents' garage into a laboratory and rigging electrical contraptions around his house as a child.
  • He started business as a teen. 
  • In 1990, he became the youngest senior vice president at the investment firm D.E. Shaw. 
  • He also founded Blue Origin, an aerospace company that is developing rockets for commercial use.
  • He launched Amazon to sell books. He experimented with drone delivery.