Jeff Bezos was born as Jeffrey Preston Jorgensen on January 12, 1964 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.A. Much of Jeff’s inclination towards science came from Mike Bezos, his stepfather, who moved the family to Houston, Texas. Mike was pursuing a career as an engineer at Exxon. As Jeff developed mentally it was strikingly apparent how much science and mechanics interested him. After graduating from Miami Palmetto Senior High School, Jeff was accepted to Princeton University. At Princeton he graduated summa cum laude, with a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
His business career started on Wall Street, where he used his knowledge of computer science to study market trends. He gained useful start-up knowledge at Fitel, worked his way to a leadership position at Bankers Trust and ended as Senior Vice President at D.E. Shaw where he met his wife, Mackenzie. He moved from New York to Seattle in 1994 to start Amazon.com, originally just an internet book store. After massive growth and lots of work, Amazon took off. In 2011, Amazon introduced the Kindle Fire, went from a book business to the one stop shop to buy anything and recorded revenues of $48.08B.
Jeff Bezos is now looked at as one of the most influential CEO’s in history. He is a visionary leader because he focuses on long-term goals. When asked what makes his company successful he states, “Willingness to be long term oriented and willingness to be misunderstood, willingness to fail, those cultural traits are important contributors to what we have built at Amazon”.