Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico on January 12th, 1964, Jeff Bezos has had quite an impact on the way in which consumers use the internet. From an early age, Bezos demonstrated his interest in technology by turning his parent’s garage into a laboratory where he could dissect the interworking’s of electrical contraptions, as well as rig technology to perform in the way he saw fit.
During his high school years, he started his first business, aptly named the Dream Institute – an educational summer camp for students in the fourth, fifth and sixth grades. After obtaining degrees in computer science and electrical engineering from the prestigious Princeton University, Bezos tried his hand on Wall Street, where he found work with several firms including D.E. Shaw & Co. where he met his wife, Mackenzie.
Though he was making a comfortable living as the Senior Vice President of D.E. Shaw & Co., Benzos felt as though he could do better, quitting his job to plunge into the world of e-commerce – a risky decision. With the aid of a few friends, Bezos began developing software out of a 2-bedroom house, leading to the creation of Amazon.com – a household name in the industry today, Amazon provided Bezos with incredible wealth.
In 2013, Bezos purchased The Washington Post and its affiliates for $250 million. That same year, Bezos announced one of his biggest projects to date Amazon Air, which will use drones to provide delivery services to customers. A service that Benzos states he believes will become commonplace within the next few years.
Benzos lived his childhood dream in 2016 when he found himself in front of a camera, cast as an alien for the film Star Trek Beyond. Bezos made headlines in 2018 with the announcement of a new health care company for Amazon employees residing within the United States.
After an awe-inspiring year in 2018, he is currently the richest man in the world with an incredible net worth of $112 billion surpassing the entrepreneur of Microsoft, Bill Gates, by $22 billion, according to Forbes.
While his work with Amazon has not been perfect, Bezos sure knows a thing or two about running a business and making a profit. Starting as a small boy in Albuquerque, Benzos has turned his dreams into reality that can help inspire many children to realize that their dreams are not impossible and that they should always go after their dreams.