Jeff Bezos

Jeff Bezos is a tech entrepreneur and self-made billionaire. The Amazon.com founder and CEO displayed interest in science and technology early on in his life and studied computer science and electrical engineering at Princeton University. Bezos was listed by Forbes as the 15th richest man in the world in 2015.

Bezos went to work on Wall Street after he finished school and even became the youngest senior vice president of his firm. He left his well-paying job to pursue an idea that was developed on a cross-country trip, which eventually became Amazon.com. He began developing software in his garage along with a few employees. Amazon.com had measurable success right off the bat and sold books across the U.S. and to 45 other countries within the first month.

Bezos also founded a human spaceflight startup called Blue Origin in 2000. He also made headlines after he purchased The Washington Post in 2013 for $250 million in cash. Today, Bezos owns 18% of Amazon’s shares.

Jeff Bezos was named Time magazine’s Person of the Year in 1999, and was also named Businessperson of the Year by Fortune magazine in 2012.