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Jeffrey Preston Bezos (born January 12, 1964) is the founder, president, chief executive officer, and chairman of the board of Amazon.com. Bezos, a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Princeton University, worked as a financial analyst for D. E. Shaw & Co. before founding Amazon in 1994. He was TIME magazine's Person of the Year in 1999. January 12 is the 12th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ... Amazon. ... The Phi Beta Kappa Society is an honor society which considers its mission to be fostering and recognizing excellence in undergraduate liberal arts and sciences. ... Princeton University is a private coeducational research university located in Princeton, New Jersey, in the United States of America. ... A quantitative analyst is a person who works in the financial markets developing mathematical models to assist the activities of traders and risk managers within banks and other large corporate institutions. ... D. E. Shaw & Co. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full 1994 Gregorian calendar). ... A pocket watch, a device used to tell time Look up time in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Past Person of the Year covers (clockwise from upper-left): Charles Lindbergh, 1927; The American Fighting-Man, 1950; Ayatollah Khomeini, 1979; The Computer, 1982; Rudy Giuliani, 2001. ... Year 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar). ...

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Early life

Jeff Bezos was born in New Mexico. His mother's ancestors were early settlers in Texas, and over the generations had acquired a 25,000 acre (101 km² or 39 miles²) ranch in Cotulla. Bezos's maternal grandfather was a regional director of the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission in Albuquerque. He retired early to the ranch, where Bezos spent most summers of his youth, working with his grandfather at the enormously varied tasks essential to the operation. At an early age, he displayed a striking mechanical aptitude. Even as a toddler, he asserted himself by dismantling his crib with a screwdriver[1]. Official language(s) No Official Language See languages of Texas Capital Austin Largest city Houston Area  Ranked 2nd  - Total 261,797 sq mi (678,051 km²)  - Width 773 miles (1,244 km)  - Length 790 miles (1,270 km)  - % water 2. ... View of the Grant-Kohrs Ranch A ranch is an area of landscape, including various structures, given primarily to the practice of ranching, the practice of raising grazing livestock such as cattle or sheep for meat or wool. ... Cotulla is a city located in La Salle County, Texas. ... Shield of the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission. ...


Bezos was born when his mother, Jackie Bezos, was still in her teens. Her marriage to his father lasted little more than a year. She remarried when Bezos was five. Bezos's stepfather, Miguel Bezos, was born in Cuba, he migrated to the United States alone at age 15 and worked his way through the University of Albuquerque. When he married Bezos's mother, the family moved to Houston, Texas, and Miguel Bezos became an engineer for Exxon. Bezos attended River Oaks Elementary in Houston from the 4th to 6th grades. The University of Albuquerque was a Catholic University located on Albuquerque, New Mexicos westside. ... Nickname: Location in the state of Texas Coordinates: Country United States State Texas Counties Harris County Fort Bend County Montgomery County Incorporated June 5, 1837 Government  - Mayor Bill White Area  - City  601. ... Exxon Mobil Corporation or ExxonMobil (NYSE: XOM), headquartered in Irving, Texas, is an oil producer and distributor formed on November 30, 1999, by the merger of Exxon and Mobil. ... River Oaks Elementary is a magnet vanguard school for the Houston Independent School District. ...


Bezos showed intense and varied scientific interests at an early age. He rigged an electric alarm to keep his younger siblings out of his room and maintain his secrecy. He converted his parents' garage into a laboratory for his science projects. The family moved to Miami, Florida, where Bezos attended Miami Palmetto Senior High School [2]. In high school, Bezos fell in love with computers and was valedictorian of his class. He entered Princeton University planning to study physics, but soon returned to his love of computers, and graduated with a degree in computer science and electrical engineering. Nickname: Location in Miami-Dade County and the state of Florida. ... Official language(s) English Capital Tallahassee Largest city Jacksonville Largest metro area Miami Area  Ranked 22nd  - Total 65,795[1] sq mi (170,304[1] km²)  - Width 361 miles (582 km)  - Length 447 miles (721 km)  - % water 17. ... Miami Palmetto High School Miami Palmetto Senior High is a secondary school located at 7460 S.W. 118th Street in Pinecrest, Florida; its principal is Howard I. Weiner. ... In the United States and Canada, the title of valedictorian (an anglicized derivation from the Latin vale dicere, to say farewell) is given to the top graduate of the graduating class (the Australia/New Zealand equivalent being dux, although some Australian universities use the American term) of an educational institution. ... Princeton University is a private coeducational research university located in Princeton, New Jersey, in the United States of America. ... A magnet levitating above a high-temperature superconductor demonstrates the Meissner effect. ... Computer science, or computing science, is the study of the theoretical foundations of information and computation and their implementation and application in computer systems. ... Electrical Engineers design power systems… … and complex electronic circuits. ...


Career

After graduating from Princeton, Bezos worked on Wall Street in the computer science field. Then he worked on building a network for international trade for a company known as Fitel. Later on Bezos also worked in computer science for D. E. Shaw & Co.. Elaborate marble facade of NYSE as seen from the intersection of Broad and Wall Streets For other uses, see Wall Street (disambiguation). ... Computer science, or computing science, is the study of the theoretical foundations of information and computation and their implementation and application in computer systems. ... International trade is the exchange of goods and services across international boundaries or territories. ... D. E. Shaw & Co. ...


Bezos founded Amazon.com in 1994, and became one of the most prominent dot-com entrepreneurs. In 2004, he founded a human spaceflight startup company called Blue Origin. Amazon. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full 1994 Gregorian calendar). ... Dot-com (also dotcom or redundantly dot. ... For the sequel to the computer game Entrepreneur, which has no article of it own, see The Corporate Machine. ... shelby was here 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Edward White on a spacewalk during the Gemini 4 mission. ... A startup company is a company with a limited operating history. ... Blue Origin is a privately-funded aerospace company initially focused on sub-orbital spaceflight founded in 2000. ...


Bezos also has a personal investment company called Bezos Expeditions. It has invested in companies such as 37signals [3], MFG.com [4], [5], ChaCha Search[6] and Pelago [7]. 37signals is a privately held web design and web application company based in Chicago. ... MFG.com is a manufacturing marketplace, headquartered in Atlanta, GA USA. Privately held, it was founded in 2000 by President and CEO, Mitch Free. ... ChaCha is a social search engine that pays human guides to answer questions for users. ...


Artificial Artificial Intelligence

Artificial artificial intelligence (AAI) is a term coined by Jeff Bezos. Certain computational tasks, such as identifying whether a person in a photograph is male or female, are carried out much faster by humans than computers. The idea of artificial artificial intelligence is to outsource those parts of a computer program to humans. For example, those tasks can be submitted to a website where users reap financial rewards for completing them. An example of such a site is the Amazon Mechanical Turk. The Amazon Mechanical Turk (MTurk) is one of the suite of Amazon Web Services, a crowdsourcing marketplace that enables computer programs to co-ordinate the use of human intelligence to perform tasks which computers are unable to do. ...


Another example of AAI is the use of unsuspecting internet surfers to decode (and thus defeat) CAPTCHAs. Early CAPTCHAs such as these, generated by the EZ-Gimpy program, were used on Yahoo. ...


Estimated wealth

His wealth is primarily derived from his holding of Amazon.com stock; at the end of 2006 he held just over 100 million shares of common stock, representing 24.26% of all Amazon.com shares (in 1998 he held 41% of all shares). In the same year his salary was $81,840 (unchanged since 1998), with $1.1 million in other benefits.


According to Forbes list of the World's Wealthiest People [8]: This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...

  • 1999 – $10.1 billion, ranked no. 19
  • 2000 – $6.0 billion, ranked no. 23
  • 2001 – $2.0 billion, ranked no. 234
  • 2002 – $1.5 billion, ranked no. 293
  • 2003 – $2.5 billion, ranked no. 147
  • 2004 – $5.1 billion, ranked no. 82
  • 2005 – $4.8 billion, ranked no. 41
  • 2006 – $4.3 billion, ranked no. 147 (shared with others)
  • 2006 – $3.6 billion, ranked no. 70 (shared with 2 others) [9]:

Year 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar). ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... shelby was here 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ...

Quotes

  • "I'm going to go do this crazy thing. I'm going to start this company selling books online."
  • "I knew that if I failed I wouldn't regret that, but I knew the one thing I might regret is never trying."
  • "I think it's always hard to know why you're drawn to a particular thing. I think part of it is, if you have a facility with that thing, of course it's satisfying to do it and so in a way that's self-reinforcing."
  • "We've got thousands of investors counting on us. And we're a team of thousands of employees all counting on each other. That's fun."

Trivia

  • Bezos attended a Montessori school as a child.
  • Attended Miami Palmetto Senior High School.
  • Bezos chose the domain name Amazon.com because at the time, Yahoo.com listed their search results in alphabetical order; therefore, Amazon would be at or near the top of the search results.
  • Amazon.com shares jumped 40% on Wednesday and Thursday April 25 and 26 2007 respectively, Earning Bezos $1.8 billion in 2 days.

The Montessori method is a methodology for nursery and elementary school education, first developed by Dr. Maria Montessori. ... Miami Palmetto High School Miami Palmetto Senior High is a secondary school located at 7460 S.W. 118th Street in Pinecrest, Florida; its principal is Howard I. Weiner. ... ... is the 115th day of the year (116th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 116th day of the year (117th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ...

See also

Amazon. ...

External links

Preceded by
Bill Clinton and Kenneth Starr
Time's Person of the Year
1999
Succeeded by
George W. Bush

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Jeff Bezos - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (759 words)
Jeff Bezos was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Bezos was born when his mother, Jackie Bezos, was still in her teens, and her marriage to his father lasted little more than a year.
Bezos's stepfather, Miguel Bezos, was born in Cuba.
O'Reilly -- My Conversation with Jeff Bezos (2787 words)
Jeff could in fact be claiming in good faith that he had made a seemingly small but nonetheless significant innovation.
Jeff feels that this is fairly strong evidence (coupled with the press coverage when the 1-Click feature was introduced) that the feature was an Amazon innovation.
Jeff replied that there are ten thousand slender threads, and to win against entrenched competitors, you need as many threads as you can get.
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