Jeff Bezos has been compared to titans of industry like Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, and Bill Gates. 

But the scope of Bezos’s ambition is in a class of its own. Carnegie’s focus was primarily in the steel industry. Rockefeller on oil. Gates on computers and software.

But Jeff Bezos’s fingers are in dozens of cookie jars.

Here’s a sample of the incredibly diverse portfolio of companies Bezos has founded, acquired, or invested in:

  • Amazon (duh)
  • Amazon Web Services (cloud computing)
  • Ring (smart home)
  • The Washington Post (publishing)
  • Pill Pack (prescription drugs)
  • Whole Foods (grocery)
  • Audible (audio content)
  • IMDb (film and television)
  • Twilio (SMS communications)
  • Business Insider (publishing)
  • GRAIL (health care)
  • Cheddar (publishing)
  • Rethink Robotics (ummm… robotics)
In his high-school valedictorian speech, Bezos told the audience he dreamed of the time when the people of Earth would colonize space. So, in September of 2000, he founded his most ambitious company of all, a private aerospace company called Blue Origin, to make his high-school dream a reality.

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