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.

What

  1. 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.
  2. Bezos, 57, remains executive chair at the technology and e-commerce colossus he founded 27 years ago.
  3. He founded Blue Origin in 2000, and has poured in billions of his money into the venture.
  4. 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.
  5. He owns some 10 percent of Amazon, a behemoth with a presence in dozens of countries and some 1.3 million employees.
  6. 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.