(Reuters) – US business mogul Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon.com Inc, will launch aboard Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket Tuesday, nine days after rival Richard Branson became the first billionaire astronaut.
Here’s a look at Bezos’ life, from building an ecommerce startup in a garage in suburban Seattle to launching into space, a dream the entrepreneur has been dreaming of since he was 5.
1964: Jeffrey Preston Jorgensen was born on January 12th in Albuquerque, New Mexico to Jacklyn Gise and Ted Jorgensen and later adopted by Miguel Bezos
1986: Graduated from Princeton University after studying electrical engineering and computer science
1990: Joined the investment bank DE Shaw & Co, soon named the company’s youngest Senior Vice President
1993: Marries MacKenzie Tuttle, whom he works for DE Shaw. got to know
1994: Bezos, who described himself as a “garage inventor” at a young age, leaves DE Shaw and moves to Seattle to open a virtual bookstore out of a garage