Talk:Jeff Bezos

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was this article written by jeff bezos?[edit]

SO FAWNING. WE LOVE HIM. HE DOES ALL THIS COOL STUFF. WE LOVE HIM SO MUCH. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 194.80.229.244 (talk) 12:53, 16 June 2017 (UTC)


Merge Amazon.com info with Amazon.com?[edit]

This article has much info about Amazon.com that is not included in the Amazon.com article. Perhaps that Amazon.com 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.

"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 88.218.242.161 (talk) 04:49, 6 October 2009 (UTC)

He is of jewish ancestry according to the jewish press (http://www.jewishpress.com/tag/jeff-bezos/). 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)

I've just checked that Jewishpress link and it says at the foot of it, quote: This article has been updated to corrected the mis-identification of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos as Jewish. Boscaswell talk 22:19, 19 January 2017 (UTC)


Jeffrey Preston Jorgensen

January 12, 1964 —

If this was HispanicOrNotHispanic.com, Amazon.com 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 HispanicOrNotHispanic.com... If this was ScandinavianOrNotScandinavian.com, Amazon.com 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 ScandinavianOrNotScandinavian.com... This is JewOrNotJew.com, of course! And we're not sure if Amazon.com 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 92.14.217.131 (talk) 12:09, 10 December 2014 (UTC)

So is Bezos his nickname then?[edit]

Is Bezos part of his official name or not? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 50.193.214.62 (talk) 01:40, 8 January 2014 (UTC)

No it's his last name (his stepfather's). I believe he goes by that officially.--2602:306:368F:48B0:55E9:C2FE:E187:22B8 (talk) 17:55, 3 July 2015 (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)

So maybe mentioning that in the article would be good? Otherwise there is no idea how that name evolved from Jorgensen... 81.102.111.206 (talk) 16:43, 27 October 2016 (UTC)

Balance[edit]

I wonder if the existence of this section here might be contrary to WP:Controversy sections. I imagine adding more information, changing the title, or incorporating the content into the rest of the page would solve the POV fork. Yvarta (talk) 00:35, 20 November 2016 (UTC)

Business Career[edit]

According to the entry on Mrs. MacKenzie Bezos:

...MacKenzie worked for Jeff Bezos at D.E. Shaw, a New York City hedge fund.

It might be useful to add this information. Dick Kimball (talk) 13:46, 30 November 2016 (UTC)

Use of Blue rather than Blue Origin[edit]

In 2016, Bezos opened up the Blue rocket design and manufacturing facility to journalists for the first time...

Should that be the Blue Origin rocket design and manufacturing facility? Dick Kimball (talk) 14:01, 30 November 2016 (UTC)

Blue Origin: overkill?[edit]

The space devoted to this in Career is greater than that given over to Amazon. Some trimming needed? Boscaswell talk 22:20, 19 January 2017 (UTC)

"As of March 2015, Bezos was among the largest landholders in Texas." What section? Not early life![edit]

So I'm not exactly sure what section this belongs in. It's right now in early life, but makes no sense there since its 2015. It's completely out of context.

But I'm not exactly sure where it belongs.. your thoughts?

Personal life? Business Career? Criticisms!?

I vote Personal life? Makes more sense than Early life as least. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Moufestaphio (talkcontribs) 05:14, 14 April 2017 (UTC)

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Philanthropy[edit]

$42 million to the Clock of the Long Now is not philanthropy. If someone wants this project to remain in the article, it needs to be under a different heading. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 146.115.133.92 (talk) 14:12, 16 June 2017 (UTC)

Philanthropy source[edit]

Major source on philanthropy to incorporate czar 22:20, 16 June 2017 (UTC)

Life extensionist?[edit]

@Deku-shrub: You recently added "Category:Life extensionists" to this article. I removed the category because I don't find anything in the article about Bezos having an interest or activity in this field, but you restored it. You also added this category to the articles about Paul Allen and Bill Maris. This does seem appropriate for Bill Maris, based on his article, but I find nothing in the Paul Allen article showing interest or activity in this area. Could you please explain your reason for including Bezos and Allen in this category? We would have to add sourced information to the articles to support its inclusion. --MelanieN (talk) 17:57, 29 June 2017 (UTC)

Oops, I didn't notice your edit summary when you restored it. Categories don't require citations, but they DO require something in the article to show why we are putting the subject in that category. I'll take a look at your link http://www.cnbc.com/2017/03/31/google-co-founders-and-silicon-valley-billionaires-try-to-live-forever and see what we can add. --MelanieN (talk) 17:59, 29 June 2017 (UTC)
OK, I added something. And I'll take a look at the Allen article. Sorry to bother you. --MelanieN (talk) 18:13, 29 June 2017 (UTC)
Oops, I couldn't find anything about Allen. If you are talking about the Allen Institute for Cell Science, I find it is described as studying cells to fight disease; I don't find anything about life extension. Same for the Instititute for Brain Science. Do you have a link or something to tie him to the Life Extension area? --MelanieN (talk) 18:28, 29 June 2017 (UTC)
Paul Allen. I accept he's an edge-case however http://www.lifeextension.com/magazine/2015/10/billionaire-philanthropists-funding-anti-aging-research/page-01 Deku-shrub (talk) 14:54, 30 June 2017 (UTC)
Thanks for responding. That probably isn't a strong enough link; it appears to be the life-extension people, putting their own interpretation on his activities to conclude that his institutes are indirectly related to their subject. "Allen donated $100 million to establish the Allen Institute for Cell Science, which models the complex mechanisms of living cells. Predictive models of the cell could accelerate the development of treatments for age-related diseases, and, conceivably, for aging itself. Allen is not the only billionaire whose donations might—at least indirectly—affect life span. But such philanthropists are extremely rare." (my emphasis) If you don't mind I am going to remove the category from the Paul Allen article. --MelanieN (talk) 15:12, 30 June 2017 (UTC)