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The multibillion-dollar question: What in the world (or universe) will Jeff Bezos do with his riches?

10 Sep 2018, 13:31 UTC
The multibillion-dollar question: What in the world (or universe) will Jeff Bezos do with his riches?
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Jeff Bezos talks with students at the opening of the Apollo Exhibit at The Museum of Flight in Seattle in May 2017. One of Bezos’ outside projects involved recovering the Apollo F-1 engines used to blast early astronauts to the moon. (GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota)
Jeff Bezos transformed the modern economy, using disruptive thinking to reshape how people buy products and read books, and how companies access computing and deliver goods.
Now, the 54-year-old founder of Amazon and the Blue Origin space venture — a hard-charging sci-fi geek with a giant laugh who earlier this year earned the title of the richest person on the planet — is exploring new terrain: deciding how to give away a chunk of his record-breaking fortune, now estimated at a mind-boggling $160 billion as Amazon’s market value topped $1 trillion for a short period this past week.
The path Bezos chooses for his philanthropic efforts could alter society in unimagined ways, just as Andrew Carnegie did a century ago and as fellow Seattle billionaire Bill Gates is attempting to do today.
And yet very few have direct insights into which issues the mercurial billionaire will tackle.
Health care? Education? Climate change? Homelessness? Political ...

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