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Jeff Bezos

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Jeff Bezos

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Who is Jeff Bezos?:

Jeff Bezos is the founder of Amazon, the largest retailer on the Web, created in 1994.

Educational background:

Bezos graduated from Princeton with a degree in electrical engineering and computer science.

Professional background:

After graduating from Princeton, Bezos started work on Wall Street in his chosen field of computer science. Early on in Web history, he recognized the opportunity for online shopping, and created Amazon.com as a simple online bookstore, which then grew by leaps and bounds into a Web presence with many retail categories.

A brief history of Amazon:

Amazon was officially founded in 1994, starting out as a bookstore, but quickly expanding to offer many different products. Throughout the years, Amazon has acquired several different online retailers and added their distinctiveness to its own, including the Internet Movie Database and Zappos. In addition to offering literally millions of retail items from all over the world, Amazon has also developed in-house products such as the Kindle (an e-book reader), AmazonFresh (online grocery shopping), and Amazon Prime (free shipping).

Most notable accomplishments:

Jeff Bezos has received many honors for his accomplishments in online ecommerce, including being chosen as Time's 1999 Person of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year award, and America's Best Leaders from U.S. News and World Report.

Who is Jeff Bezos?:

Most everyone has heard of Amazon, the largest retailer on Amazon with literally millions of products and customers. However, not many people are familiar with Jeff Bezos, the person who actually came up with the idea of Amazon, revolutionizing the way we view Internet commerce and how we shop for what we need.

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