Here is the list of 20 Unexpected Jeff Bezos Facts You Need To Known:
10 Mind-Blowing Jeff Bezos Facts:
- Jeff Bezos is the richest person in the world.
- Bezos is worth $121 billion despite being paid an annual salary of just $81,840, less than what most U.S. representatives take home.
- Bezos makes $2,489 per second — more than twice what the median U.S. worker makes in one week.
- After divorcing MacKenzie and giving up 25% of the Amazon stock co-owned by the couple, Bezos still kept his ranking as the richest person in the world.
- With his $121 billion, Bezos could theoretically buy more than 30% of the top 100 U.S. college endowments.
- Bezos is so rich that an average American spending $1 is similar to Bezos spending $1.2 million.
- The Amazon CEO is nearly 38% richer than the British monarchy.
- Bezos is worth about the equivalent of the entire GDP of Angola.
- Bezos’ net worth is greater than the GDP of Iceland, Afghanistan, and Costa Rica — combined.
- According to the Social Security Administration, the average American man with a bachelor’s degree will earn approximately $2.19 million in his lifetime. Bezos makes that in just under 15 minutes. (Source: Entrepreneur)
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10 Unexpected Jeff Bezos Facts:
- After his divorce, Ted Jorgensen completely alienated himself from the family. Jorgensen, who owns a bike shop in Glendale, Arizona, U.S., didn’t know what had become of his previous family. He only found out about his son in late 2013.
- When he was five years old, Bezos saw the Apollo 11 moon landing and decided he wanted to be an astronaut. His parents felt he had become too bookish at the age of eight and enrolled him in various team sports like baseball and football. He was appointed the defensive captain of his football team since he could easily remember all the plays of all his team members.
- Bezos’ maternal ancestors owned a lot of land in Texas, U.S., making him among the largest landholders in the area. As a kid, he spent many summers with his grandfather in his 25,000-acre ranch in the city of Cotulla.
- Even as a child, he showed mechanical aptitude, dismantling his crib as a toddler and rigging an electric alarm to keep his siblings out of his room.
- As a teen, he spent a summer as a fry cook at McDonald’s in Miami, Florida. There, he studied the company’s automation of the kitchen and set up a system that would sound the buzzer to let him know when to scramble the eggs, flip burgers or pull the fries out of the fryer.
- His first entrepreneurial venture was with his high school girlfriend Ursula “Uschi” Werner, in the summer he graduated from high school. The duo set up a summer education camp for fourth, fifth and sixth graders called DREAM, which stood for Directed REAsoning Methods. The camp’s reading list included “The Once and Future King,” “The Lord of the Rings,” “Watership Down,” “Gulliver’s Travels” and “David Copperfield.” The science curriculum included talks about interstellar travel, space colonies and fossil fuels.
- In his senior year of college at Princeton, he turned down job offers from Intel, Bell Labs and Andersen Consulting. He decided to join a start-up called FITEL that was looking for computer science graduates. He was employee number 11 there. Bezos was soon promoted to head of development and director of customer service which required him to travel weekly between New York and London. He left after two years, moving on as a product manager at Bankers Trust and to the hedge fund D.E. Shaw Co. after another two years. (Source: MSN)
- We know the world’s richest man as Jeff Bezos but that is not his real name. He was born as Jeffrey Preston Jorgensen on January 12, 1964, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He was born to Jackie Gise Jorgensen (Bezos)– a teenager at the time – and Ted Jorgenson, his biological father. Bezos was later adopted by his stepfather Mike Bezos when he married Jackie. Bezos has been quoted saying that he does not have any memory of his biological father, saying that “Mike is my natural father”.
- He first worked at Fitel, a fintech telecommunications start-up, where he was tasked with building a network for international trade.Bezos was promoted to head of development and director of customer service thereafter.He transitioned into the banking industry when he became a product manager at Bankers Trust; he worked there from 1988 to 1990.He then joined D. E. Shaw & Co, a newly founded hedge fund, in 1990 and worked there until 1994. Bezos became D. E. Shaw’s fourth senior vice-president at the age of 30.
- Bezos founded Amazon in late 1994 on a cross-country road trip from New York City to Seattle. The company began as an online bookstore and has expanded to a variety of products and services, including video and audio streaming. It is currently the world’s largest online sales company, as well as the world’s largest provider of cloud infrastructure services via its Amazon Web Services arm. (Source: Economictimes)