Jeff Bezos completes new mission in space
Jeff Bezos fulfilled his longtime dream of going into space 20 July 2021 and potentially opening a door to space tourism -- possibly the next mission for the man who built one of Earth's biggest business empires. The Amazon founder spent a few minutes in space on reusable rocket built by his firm Blue Origin as part of a four-member crew, in a small step toward his stated goal of building floating space colonies.
- The journey comes just two weeks after he stepped aside as chief executive of Amazon, which grew from a garage startup into one of the world's most formidable businesses.
- Bezos, 57, remains executive chair at the technology and e-commerce colossus he founded 27 years ago.
- He founded Blue Origin in 2000, and has poured in billions of his money into the venture.
- With a fortune worth more than $200 billion, Bezos has been at or near the top of the world's richest people, even after his divorce settlement.
- He owns some 10 percent of Amazon, a behemoth with a presence in dozens of countries and some 1.3 million employees.
- Today, Amazon has a market value of some $1.8 trillion. It posted 2020 annual revenues of $386 billion from operations in e-commerce, cloud computing, groceries, artificial intelligence, streaming media and more.