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Jeff Bezos Biography (Jeffrey Preston Bezos): Amazon.com founder
Famous for : being one of the richest men in America and for founding the popular online book store Amazon.com. Bezos has been listed on the Forbes richest people in the world list since 1999 with a multi billion dollar net worth. Bezos was Time magazine's Person of the Year for 1999.
Bezos details : Born - January 12, 1964 Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA / Lives - United States of America


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Jeff Bezos is the president, founder, and CEO of Amazon.com where he also acts as chairman of the board.

Jeffrey Preston Bezos was born on January 12, 1964 in Albuquerque, NM. He and his mother relocated to Houston, Texas, when Bezos was five to live with his new stepfather. Jeff Bezos attended River Oaks Elementary School in Houston until the sixth grade after which he attended Miami Palmetto Senior High School when the family moved to Miami, Florida. Bezos spent many summers of his childhood on his grandfather's 25,000 acre ranch in Cotulla, Texas helping perform various duties necessary for upkeep. He showed early mechanical aptitude and eventually turned his parents' garage into his own personal laboratory. He eventually attended Princeton University where he joined the Phi Beta Kappa fraternity and graduated with a major in computer science and electrical engineering. He graduated with a grade point average of 4.2, higher than the "perfect score" of 4.0 due to his overwhelming number of "A-pluses" that earned him 4.3 points each.

With his new degree, Bezos began working with computers on Wall Street. He helped create a computer network for Fitel for use in international trade and later worked for D.E. Shaw & Co. He founded Amazon.com in 1994 and was criticized by many in the industry who projected that his fledgling business would fail. Since Amazon's original goal was to sell anything, starting with books, many believed that the rival website launched by Barnes and Noble in 1997 would quickly put him out of business. Bezos, however, remained eternally optimistic, even after Amazon shares dropped from $100 to $6 as a result of these criticisms.

Amazon.com flourished and quickly led the market for online retailers. Bezos has been known to work by numbers and spreadsheets and is well known for his ability to quantify data and statistics into his marketing and business goals. Amazon.com continued to be profitable and grew to sell a wide range of objects both new and used. Bezos has profited from his venture and made it onto Forbes list of the world's wealthiest people for many years.

In 2004, Bezos started a new company centered on human spaceflight called Blue Origin. The concept was originally to create an "enduring human presence" in space through regular sub-orbital trips via specially designed aircrafts. The program eventually focused more on creating greater opportunities for anyone to experience sub-orbital flight. Blue Origin's named its craft "New Shepherd". The craft contains more on-board control than ground support, making it more like an airplane than a spacecraft. Blue Origin designed it to take off and land vertically rather than horizontally. They first flew a prototype on November 13, 2006.

Bezos also helped develop Amazon Mechanical Turk, one of Amazon's web services that maximize computer and human interaction. Bezos introduced the phrase "artificial artificial intelligence" to help explain the principal behind these services. Since humans perform certain tasks better than computers, individuals should continue to perform these activities and leave computers to tasks that are better suited to machines. Humans, for example, are better at recognizing gender in other people, making them better suited for this task. These are known as Human Intelligence Tasks (HITs) and Amazon helps promote these tasks by hosting a crowd-surfing marketplace to help match "Requesters" to "Workers".

Jeffrey Bezos ranked 35 on the Forbes list of the world's wealthiest people in 2007 when he was worth an estimated $8.7 billion.


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If you do build a great experience, customers tell each other about that. Word of mouth is very powerful.
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We see our customers as invited guests to a party, and we are the hosts. It's our job every day to make every important aspect of the customer experience a little bit better.
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