These Are Some Lesser-Known Facts About The Richest Man In The World, Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos

If you have the Amazon app on your phone or order things from there, there is only one person you have to thank for that, Jeff Bezos. The CEO and creator of Amazon is also the world’s richest man. He is an innovator and has a passion for technology and space travel. His life is full of ambitious achievements and risks.

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Today we’re going to tell you a few facts about this man and his life that you may not have known. How did a young man with bright ideas and a thirst for innovation become the world’s richest man? Find out all that and more in this article.

1An inventor from the start

Jeff was a curious child from the start. He loved experimenting and trying his hand at invention making. One of his early inventions was turning a vacuum cleaner into a hovercraft. He also covered an umbrella with aluminum foil which was used for his solar-cooking experiment.  Living with half-siblings he used an old alarm clock to make a security system to keep them out of his room.

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2Jeff’s real father did not know his name

Ted Jorgensen and Jacklyn Gise were the real parents of Jeff who was born on 12th January 1964. Born in Albuquerque in New Mexico his parents divorced after 17 months when Jeff was just one-year-old. It was discovered in an interview in 2013 that Jeff’s biological father did not remember his own son’s name and didn’t know he was alive or even the creator of Amazon. 

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3His Grandfather taught him about business

Jeff loved his grandfather, Lawrence Preston Gise who was the regional director of the United States Atomic Energy Commission in Albuquerque. Till the age of 16, Jeff spent all his summers with the ‘pop’ and this is where he learned all his business skills as well as self-reliance. One lesson that Jeff remembers that his grandfather had taught was ‘it is harder to be kind than clever’.

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4Jeff met his wife in 1992

When Jeff was working for an investment firm in 1992, he met his future wife Mackenzie Tuttle who was working for the same firm. Just one year later they got married and moved to Seattle where Jeff founded Amazon. In 2019, Jeff’s wife filed for divorce. They have four children together.

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5Jeff worked at McDonald’s

At the age of 16, Jeff worked at McDonald’s. This job helped him learn to focus under pressure as well as customer service. It was here where Jeff developed his fascination with automated service and fuelled his drive for technology invention.  He was a short-order line cook during the breakfast shift.

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