9 Interesting Facts About Jeff Bezos From The Big New Amazon Book
A new book documenting the history of Amazon's birth and growth was released earlier this month, and it's given us a bunch of new information about Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of the company.
Entitled "The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon," the book touches upon both Bezos' life and the rise of the online retail giant. While Brad Stone, the book's author, wasn't able to conduct extensive interviews with Bezos himself, he had direct access to many of his friends, family, and coworkers.
The resulting book gives numerous anecdotes and stories of Jeff Bezos' intelligence, drive, and focus on the customer. We've heard many of them in one form or another elsewhere, but some were new even to those of us who've been following him for some time.
At age 3, Jeff Bezos actually took apart his crib with a screwdriver because he wanted to sleep in a real bed.
Bezos' biological father was, at one point, a circus performer. Bezo's mother told him to stay out of their lives when he was four. When Brad Stone interviewed his father, the man had no idea who his son had become.
Bezos has always been a space nerd. In his high-school valedictorian speech, he described “his dream of saving humanity by creating permanent colonies in orbiting space stations while turning the planet into an enormous nature preserve.”
Which explains why he takes one day each week to run Blue Origin, his private rocket ship company.