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  1. Jeff Bezos: Introduction
  2. Jeff Bezos: Early Life and Education
  3. Jeff Bezos: Success Story
  4. Jeff Bezos: Net Worth
  5. Jeff Bezos: Famous or Infamous
  6. Jeff Bezos: Most Influential Quotes

Jeff Bezos, like fellow tech entrepreneur Elon Musk, has a lifelong fascination bordering on obsession with space exploration. And like Musk, he has the wealth and the business sense to pursue that obsession.

For Bezos, who was born in 1964, that fascination was kindled and stoked by the early successes of NASA.

“Millions of people were inspired by the Apollo Program. I was five years old when I watched Apollo 11 unfold on television, and without any doubt it was a big contributor to my passions for science, engineering, and exploration,” he would later relate.

As a child, Bezos was also captivated by reruns of the original "Star Trek" series, as well as the later iterations of the franchise, especially "Star Trek: The Next Generation." He’d originally toyed with naming his online retail business MakeItSo.com, rather than Amazon.com, as an homage to the famous line spoken by the character Captain Jean-Luc Picard.

When he gave his speech as high school valedictorian, Bezos spoke of space. In his address, he envisioned a future in which space hotels and amusement parks, as well as orbiting cities for two to three million people would become part of daily life.

Later on, as a student at Princeton University, Bezos stood out from the rest of his class by his presence in honor societies Phi Beta Kappa and Tau Beta Pi, as well as by his tenure as president of the school’s chapter of Students for the Exploration and Development of Space.

By the year 2000, Amazon.com had made Bezos both rich and famous. That’s when he founded Blue Origin, a company focused on human spaceflight. Bezos kept the company, which now employs 300 people, a secret for its first six years of operation. It became public after he purchased a massive parcel of land in west Texas to use as a launch and testing facility.

Speaking about Blue Origin in 2011, Bezos said one of the company’s current goals was to cut the cost and increasing the safety of going into space. A few years later, he announced that the company was developing a new orbital launch vehicle which would launch toward the end of the 2010s. In that 2015 interview, he discussed his long-term goals for the company.  

“The vision for Blue is pretty simple. We want to see millions of people living and working in space,” Bezos said. “That’s going to take a long time. I think it’s a worthwhile goal."


Jeff Bezos: Most Influential Quotes
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