Bezos is the ultimate technology entrepreneur and founder, chairman and CEO of Amazon. He was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico and raised in Houston, Texas. He graduated from Princeton University in 1986 with degrees in electrical engineering and computer science, subsequently working on Wall Street in a variety of related fields before founding Amazon in late 1994.
Bezos initially established Amazon as an online bookstore but has subsequently expanded into just about everything. In 2018 Amazon acquired PlantPrefab, a company known for sustainable construction and smart home technology. This came on the heels of the company’s announcement of a new line of Alexa-enabled smart home devices, suggesting a potential new avenue of smart home development, experimentation, and expansion into the real estate industry. Amazon is not only the world’s largest online sales company, it is also the world’s largest provider of cloud infrastructure services via its Amazon Web Services arm. His success has enabled him to be the first person with a net worth surpassing $150 billion in the three decades that Forbes has tracked the richest Americans.