Talk:Jeff Bezos

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article does not talk about Amazon losing money![edit]

Still? I don't think so! Starting up always can cost you. — Charles Edwin Shipp (talk) 17:27, 12 April 2014 (UTC)

Merge info with[edit]

This article has much info about that is not included in the article. Perhaps that info should be migrated into that article and out of this one? — TreyHarris 21:24, 1 Jun 2004 (UTC)

Internet & Nuclear War Myth[edit]

I would just like to point out that the following paragraph is not entirely accurate and may want to be reworked or removed:

The Internet was originally created by the United States Department of Defense to keep its computer networks connected during an emergency, such as natural disaster or enemy attack. Over the years, it was adopted by government and academic researchers to exchange data and messages.

See: ARPANET's section on "Nuclear Attacks and ARPANET" for my justification. The above paragraph is also an oversimplification. ARPANET was created mainly to test certain networking technologies (packet switching mainly) and to share information amongst certain institutions... not to withstand attacks. Also the DOD did not have "computer networks" to connect together in the way the paragraph describes. I would change it, but I have not yet confirmed which fact is true, so I am just putting this out here and might make the change in a few days, unless someone knows for sure.

--IRelayer 22:20, 14 Apr 2005 (UTC)

Yeah, you're wrong.

Enormous paragraph[edit]

That paragraph is WAY too long. It needs to be broken up and run on sentences need to be fixed. I had to stop reading because it became too hard to read.--Mrowlinson 04:11, 24 January 2006 (UTC)


In the Trivia section, there's this word ancest. I'm not sure what it's supposed to mean.

IP-related lawsuits missing from the article[edit]

I believe spurious patents such as the infamous "one-click-shopping" and their use against Amazon's competitors should be included in this entry, seeing how Jeff Bezos has created significant controversy around his name on account of these tactics. Porfyrios 12:33, 22 August 2006 (UTC)

"Jeff Bezos is often misrepresented by the Greek media as possessing Greek ancestry."[edit]

So then what ancestory does he have? -- Zanimum 22:00, 27 December 2006 (UTC)

The name of his stepfather, Bezos, originates from one of the most ancient Greek villages, Alea, in Argolis, Peloponnese, Greece, now mostly abandoned. Its habitants known to have immigrated inside or outside the country. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 04:49, 6 October 2009 (UTC)

He is of jewish ancestry according to the jewish press ( But I dont know if that is reliable because they dont mention any primary sourceses for that claim. Should we put it in the article? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2003:57:EC4E:7201:AC4A:C5CD:4F46:9E72 (talk) 08:50, 2 October 2013 (UTC)

Jeffrey Preston Jorgensen

January 12, 1964 —

If this was, founder Jeff Bezos would make an excellent profile. Yes, he is often referred to as Hispanic, but the link comes from his Cuban stepfather. But this is not If this was, founder Jeff Bezos would make an excellent profile. You see, despite the non-nordic last name, he is Scandinavian! His birth father, a star unicyclist(!), was named Jorgensen. But this is not This is, of course! And we're not sure if founder Jeff Bezos would make an excellent profile on this website... But enough people are asking! Verdict: Sadly, not a Jew. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 12:09, 10 December 2014 (UTC)

Personal life[edit]

And what's about his personal life? Is he married? Has he got any children? Licor (talk) 18:48, 5 August 2008 (UTC)

His favorite book is "The Remains of the Day" by Kazuo Ishiguro.[1] 2018, 22 Dec 2009 (UTC) —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk)

Married to MacKenzie Bezos, with four children. — Charles Edwin Shipp (talk) 17:33, 12 April 2014 (UTC)

Left handed or ambidextrous?[edit]

Is this guy left handed? If yes, should it be noted or should he at least be put in the category of 'famous' left-handed people (if there is such a thing in Wikipedia)? Note: My assumtion on handedness is from the recent press conference, see and my own perspective on handedness (I'm left-handed). Or might he be ambidextrous cf. (talk) 17:18, 29 September 2011 (UTC))

Bezos' rationale and motivation for his NewSpace activity[edit]

There is some good insight into Jeff Bezos' rationale and motivation for being involved in the NewSpace industry (with his company Blue Origin) in this article: Jeff Bezos Owns the Web in More Ways Than You Think, by Steven Levy, November 13, 2011, Wired, December 2011 issue. Bezos may have made public comments about this before, but I had not previously seen anything very explicit.

Bezos: If I wanted to buy tourist trips to fly to the International Space Station and Soyuz and those things, there’s nothing wrong with that. But that’s $35 million. I want to lower the cost of access to space. ... I like to say, “Maintain a firm grasp of the obvious at all times.” For Amazon, that’s selection, speed of delivery, lower prices. Well, for Blue Origin it’s cost and safety. If you really want to make it so that anybody can go into space, you have to increase the safety and decrease the cost. That’s Blue Origin’s mission. I’m super passionate about it.

I don't have time to update the article just now, but did want to leave a link to the source should other's be interested. Cheers. N2e (talk) 14:55, 28 November 2011 (UTC)

Yes check.svg DoneN2e (talk) 01:12, 10 December 2011 (UTC)


The first paragraph says he was born to a couple named Jorgensen. The second states a different set of parents, the mother later marrying a Bezos. This is obviously messed up and needs to be corrected. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 1965Mensan (talkcontribs) 19:09, 9 April 2012 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done

Political donations[edit]

"According to the web site, a web site that documents political donations made by "the powerful, rich, and famous" since 1977 (and donations higher than $200), Bezos has donated $16,000 to United States Democrats, $2,000 to United States Republicans, and $55,000 to special interests as of September 6, 2012."

So, someone worth more than $22,000,000,000 has made, according to a website, less than $75,000 in political donations since 1977. In what sense is giving less than 0.00034% of his wealth for this over 35 years notable? I'll happily agree that the $2.5m donation to the referendum is (although I am about to add the word 'help'), but this is going. Lovingboth (talk) 17:10, 3 December 2012 (UTC)

Brad Stone biography[edit]

From what I've heard, Brad Stone's recent The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon is the only really solid biography of Bezos out there, but it isn't yet even cited here. If someone wants to make a serious contribution to this article, he or she should seriously consider reading that book and seeing what can be gleaned. - Jmabel | Talk 05:35, 1 December 2013 (UTC)

So is Bezos his nickname then?[edit]

Is Bezos part of his official name or not? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:40, 8 January 2014 (UTC)

It's the name of his adoptive stepfather: "Bezos's mother was a teenager at the time. Her marriage to his father lasted a little more than a year. When Jeff was four, she remarried, to Miguel Bezos, a Cuban who immigrated to the United States alone when he was fifteen years old, worked his way through the University of Albuquerque, married, and legally adopted his stepson Jeff." Trivialist (talk) 01:59, 8 January 2014 (UTC)