U.S. business mogul Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon.com Inc, is set to launch into space aboard his company Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket on Tuesday, nine days after rival Richard Branson became the first billionaire astronaut.
Here is a look at Bezos’ life, from building an ecommerce startup in a garage in the suburbs of Seattle, to launching into space, a dream the entrepreneur has had since he was 5 years old.
1964: On Jan. 12, Jeffrey Preston Jorgensen is born in Albuquerque, New Mexico to Jacklyn Gise and Ted Jorgensen and is later adopted by Miguel Bezos
1986: Graduates from Princeton University after studying electrical engineering and computer science
1990: Joins investment bank D.E. Shaw & Co, soon named the firm’s youngest senior vice president
1993: Marries MacKenzie Tuttle, whom he met at D.E. Shaw
1994: Bezos, who called himself a “garage inventor” from a young age, quits D.E. Shaw, moves to Seattle to open a virtual bookstore…