From bookseller to colonizing the moon: Nearly 50 years after the Apollo 11 mission to the moon, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his spaceflight company Blue Origin (~2000 employees) have a new vision: Helping NASA and humans go back to the moon 🌝, this time to stay.
2. As valedictorian of his high school class, 18-year-old Bezos said he wanted to build space hotels, and amusement parks. “The whole idea is to preserve the earth” he told the Miami Herald in 1982. “The goal was to be able to evacuate humans. The planet would become a park."
3. Bezos’ classmates describe him as very curious, driven to excel in academics and fascinated by space exploration. He went to Princeton for physics, but found himself outgunned at quantum physics. So he graduated with a degree in electrical engineering and computer science.
4. The garage of Bezos’ rented home, in Bellevue, Washington, outside Seattle, where Amazon launched. Washington state’s business friendly environment (no individual/personal income tax) attracted likes of Boeing, Costco, Microsoft, Nordstrom, Starbucks, among others.
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