5 things to know about Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos

Jeff Bezos is someone that needs no introduction. The Founder and Chairman of Amazon, some estimates rank him as the wealthiest person in the world, with a net worth of more than $200bn. But whilst many of us are aware of his position and wealth, here are 5 things you might not know about Jeff Bezos.

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The son of a circus performer

According to the 2013 biography of Jeff Bezos by Brad Stone, The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon, the biological father of the eCommerce mogul, Tom Jorgensen, was a unicyclist and circus performer.

Bezos’ mother, then known as Jacklyn Gise Jorgensen, on the other hand, was only 17 when she gave birth to her son, and at the time of the birth, her high school administrators told her she would not be allowed to finish her education.

Started his first business in high school

With a previous employment record that includes working a stint at McDonald’s, Bezos started his first business, the Dream Institute, whilst in high school.

The business was an educational summer camp for students in the fourth, fifth and sixth grades, and Bezos worked at the camp with his girlfriend at the time.

He’s survived a helicopter crash

Back in 2003, only two years after Amazon turned its first profit, Jeff Bezos was onboard an Aérospatiale Gazelle helicopter that was blown off course, causing it to crash in West Texas.

The helicopter reportedly landed upside-down in a creek, making it even more remarkable that Bezos and the other passengers – Bezos’ attorney, Elizabeth Korrell, aside, who suffered a broken vertebra – escaped with only minor injuries.

Bezos makes more in one second than many people do in a week

Whilst this will be grim reading for most of us, according Vizaca.com, Bezos currently makes $321m a day, meaning that Bezos makes an incredible $3,715 (£2,712) a second.

In April 2020, the median weekly wage in the UK was £585.50, meaning Bezos makes nearly five times as much that in a single second.

Amazon was not the first company name Bezos had in mind

Bezos famously launched Amazon in his garage, but he originally wanted to name it Cadabra. However, Todd Tarbert, Amazon’s first lawyer, explained that it sounded too much like cadaver, a term for a corpse, especially over the phone. So, the future billionaire opted for Amazon instead, and the rest, as they say, is history.