Jeff Bezos

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Date of Birth: 1964 in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Nationality: USA; residence: Seattle, Washington

Place of Residence:

Net Worth: USD $ 77.1 Billion

Source of Wealth: Self-made, source of wealth: Amazon.com

Education: Princeton University Bachelors degree

Career:

Social Media: @jeffbezos

Political Position: Libertarian-Left 

In His Own Words: 

Interactions:

“To try and chill the media and threaten retribution, retaliation — which is what he (Donald Trump) has done in a number of cases to people involved in the media — is not appropriate,” – CNBC

Electioneering:

Bezos has only voted in 4 of the last 24 elections.  He rarely gives more than $10,000 and never more than $100,000 directly to candidate campaigns. 

Lobbying/Advocacy:

Bezos donated $2.5 million for a campaign for same-sex marriage inclusion in Washington. He also gave over $100,000 to a campaign against Initiative 1098 in Washington, a bill meant to increase taxes on earners of more than $200,000 annually.  

Opinion shaping:

In 2013, Bezos bought the Washington Post for $250 million. While Bezos has claimed that he wants the paper to remain in its past form and for no major changes to be implemented, the power that he holds as the owner and his ability to guide information that is seen by the general public  is tremendous.  Many skeptics (including President Donald Trump) believe that he will use the Washington Post to express his libertarian views.

Bezos also influences the public through Amazon.  He will not allow any of the 90,000 employees to unionize.

Philanthropy:

Bezos has made several significant philanthropic donations including $15 million for a new Princeton neuroscience center and $20 million for immunotherapy research. On top of this, Bezos has put $42 million towards the prototype of a project referred to as the Clock of the Long Now, a clock meant to keep time for 10,000 years.

Controversy:

Further reading:

The Politics of Jeff Bezos