Jeffrey Bezos

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Birth of Jeffrey Jorgensen

January 12,1964

Jeff Bezos is born with the name Jeffrey Preston Jorgensen in Albuquerque, N.M., on Jan. 12. His mother, Jacklyn 'Jackie' Gise, divorces his father, Theodore Jorgensen, 18 months later and marries Miguel 'Mike' Bezos when Jeff is 4.

Graduating from highschool

1982

A self-described 'goody,' Bezos graduates as class valedictorian from Miami Palmetto Senior High School. He tells The Miami Herald that he wants to build space hotels, amusement parks, yachts and colonies for 2 million or 3 million people orbiting the Earth.

Jeff Graduates from Princeton

1986

Bezos graduates from Princeton. He had planned to study theoretical physics, but he changes his mind after taking a quantum-mechanics class during his freshman year.

Jeffrey Bezos Gets Married

1993

At D.E. Shaw, Bezos meets his future wife, MacKenzie Tuttle, a Princeton graduate and former research assistant to novelist Toni Morrison. They marry at The Breakers resort in Palm Beach, Florida.

Creation of amazon.com

1994

Bezos founded Amazon.com in 1994 after making a cross-country drive from New York to Seattle, writing up the Amazon business plan on the way. He initially set up the company in his garage. He first calls Amazon 'Cadabra.com,' until discovering that it might sound like 'cadaver.com.'

Jeff Beats Death

march 2003

Bezos avoids serious injury in March when a helicopter he was riding in crashes on a mountain range in Texas.

Welcoming the Kindle.

November 2007

Bezos unveils Amazon's first Kindle e-reader in New York City, hoping to build a market for digital books. The original price is $399.