Jeff Bezos is an Internet entrepreneur who is also the founder of Blue Origin, a somewhat secretive space company that is working on a suborbital crew capsule.
Blue Origin is conducting tests under NASA’s Commercial Crew Program (CCP), which is intended to bring new private American crewed vehicles into space. (Space Exploration Technologies, which is better known as SpaceX and is developing the Dragon spacecraft, is also a beneficiary of the program.)
Bezos made his fortune as the founder and CEO of Amazon, a company that greatly contributed to the establishment of electronic commerce (e-commerce) as a viable business model.
Jeff Bezos celebrates a test launch of Goddard vehicle.Credit: Blue Origin
He was named Time‘s Person of the Year in 1999 and according to Forbes, has an estimated net worth of $23.2 billion as of September 2012.
Teenage dreams of space
Born to teenage parents, Bezos had an itinerant childhood that saw him grow up in several U.S. cities. He also spent the summers at his grandfather’s ranch in Texas.
“His grandfather sparked and indulged Jeff’s fascination with educational games and toys, assisting him with the Heathkits and the other paraphernalia he constantly hauled home to the family ...