Before we go into details about who owns amazon, first we should know what amazon is about. Amazon.com Inc. is the largest e-commerce platform in the world. It is based in Washington and was founded in 1994 by Bezos.
Apart from e-commerce, amazon also deals with cloud computing. It started off as a platform for buying books. Users could buy books remotely using the Internet. Over the years, it has grown to become a diversified site dealing with other things including;
- Music Streaming services
- Music selling services
- General sales(dealing with products like food, furniture and electronic devices)
Amazon is so large that it has retail websites in different countries all over the world. The success of amazon has led to the owner's personal success. Jeff Bezos became the richest man in the world with his net worth at the time standing at over ninety billion dollars. Not bad for the man who owns the amazon platform, the largest on-line retailer in the world.
One would wonder who the man who owns amazon is. I’m not talking about just knowing the name; it also entails knowing the story of the genius behind amazon. Below are some of the things you should know about Jeff Bezos.
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Jeff Bezos was adopted.
Who would have thought that the guy who owns amazon was adopted? Well, his mother separated from his biological father and his mother went on to marry Mike Bezos. Mike adopted Jeff and gave him his last name.
When Jeff Bezos was young, he loved to spend time at his grandparents place
In his younger years, Bezos would spend the holidays at his grandparent’s ranch which was in Texas. He was always handy and would help out in the farm by doing repairs and daily farm activities. Bezos would later reveal that his grandfather was an inspiration to him. His grandfather was the one who influenced him to peruse more and more knowledge. It’s no surprise that he loved going to Texas to spend time with his grandfather.
Amazon.com first office was in a garage.
Talk about humble beginnings. He started this project in a garage and he did not even have a place to hold his meetings. Little did anyone know that the venture would turn out to be a multi-billion empire?
He is a philanthropist with his money
He is not shy when it comes to lending a helping hand. He donates his money for good causes that he sees fit. For example he donated an excess of two million dollars with the aim of defending gay marriages in Washington D.C.
He is an entrepreneur
Apart from Amazon.com, Jeff Bezos also has interest in various other business ventures. For example, he purchased the Washington Post in 2013. Also he is the full owner of Blue Origin, a space exploration company that he started to satisfy his passion for space entrepreneurship.
He knows how to fly planes
He has a passion for flying. In 2003, he was involved in a plane crash as the helicopter he was flying crashed in Texas. He also flew his private jet to Germany. He went to pick one of his employees who had been incarcerated in Iran.