- Jeff Bezos asked his younger brother, Mark, to accompany him on Blue Origin’s human spaceflight.
- Mark, who is Jeff’s six-year junior, is a volunteer firefighter who has his own private joint stock company.
- He and Jeff are the “closest friends.” Jeff he described him as the “funniest guy in my life.”
Jeff Bezos and his younger brother, Mark, only briefly visited space.
The founder of Amazon and Blue Origin flew on Blue Origin’s first human spaceflight on Tuesday, accompanied by Mark and two other passengers: 82-year-old pilot Wally Funk and Dutch teenager Oliver Daemen, Blue Origin’s first paying customer.
When the crew floated back to Earth after spending a few minutes in zero gravity, Mark said he felt “incredibly good.”
Bezos revealed last month that he asked his brother to accompany him on the trip, saying in a video posted to Instagram that he wants to go to space for the rest of his life, and that he asked his brother to come “because we are closest friends . ”
So who is the younger Bezos? Here are six things we know about him.
Mark Bezos is the youngest of Bezos’ siblings
According to Wired profile from 1999 at Jeff Bezos, Mark Bezos is six years younger than his brother, who turned 57 in January. The brothers have a middle sister named Christina.
Bezos ’siblings moved a lot as children, spending time in Albuquerque, Houston, and Pensacola, Florida. Their mother, Jackie, had Jeff as a teenager; their father, Mike, immigrated to the United States from Cuba at the age of 15. The couple met while working at a local bank, and Mike Bezos became the adoptive father of Jeff Bezos.
He started out in advertising and marketing
Mark Bezos attended the Christian University of Texas, graduating in 1992 with a degree in advertising and public relations, according to his LinkedIn page.
He started working for New York advertising companies such as DDB and Saatchi & Saatchi. Then, in 1999, he founded and managed his own marketing company. The same year, he became a director at the Bezos Family Foundation, founded by Jackie and Mike Bezos.
In 2006, he started working for an organization called Robin Hood, not to be confused with the stock market program – Robin Hood is a New York nonprofit focused on fighting poverty. Bezos currently serves on Robin Hood’s board.
Bezos is also the co-founder of private equity firm HighPost Capital.
He is a volunteer firefighter
Bezos has been volunteering with the Scarsdale Fire Department in Westchester County since 2005.
In 2011, Bezos gave a TED speech about being a firefighter, telling a humorous story about being asked to do the glorious task of picking up shoes for a woman whose house was on fire. But hearing the woman’s appreciation, he said, he saw the importance of doing small acts of kindness and generosity.
“I would offer this reminder: Don’t wait,” Bezos said. “Don’t wait until you earn your first million to change someone’s life.”
He’s probably a millionaire multiple times
Jeff Bezos ’parents invested $ 245,573 in Amazon in 1995, and although they haven’t publicly disclosed their Amazon holdings since 1999, they probably own millions of shares worth tens of billions of dollars, according to Bloomberg.
Mark and Christina also own shares in Amazon and are most likely worth a few hundred million dollars.
Last month, Mark put his Scarsdale home on the market against $ 11 million. The four-acre farm includes a main house with six bedrooms and four bathrooms, as well as a four-room inn. The property also includes a home theater, a gym, a wine cellar, and a playroom with a golf simulator.
Mark and his brother are close friends
In Seattle Times profile on Jeff Bezos from 1999, Mark described how you feel when your brother gets famous.
“When your brother is suddenly one of these people recognized, you look at him and try to imagine you see him for the first time,” Mark Bezos said. “(He’s) Jeff Bezos, the guy who created Amazon, versus Jeff Bezos, the guy who used to tickle your feet.”
Mark interviewed Jeff on stage at a top board event in 2017 and joked about his brother’s astronomical wealth.
“If any of you get confused, I’m the one with the smaller bank account on the left,” Mark said.
For his part, Jeff described his brother as the “funniest guy in my life” and said that when they were together – often drinking bourbon – “I just laugh constantly.”
The two brothers also support each other. According to the Seattle Times story, Jeff appeared at Mark’s first marathon in New York City and began jogging with him at mile 25 to offer moral support, dodging just in front of the finish line.
In the video of the upcoming space trip, Mark said he was “scared” that Jeff had asked him to come.
“What a remarkable opportunity, not only to have this adventure, but to be able to do it with my best friend,” Mark said.
His wake-up call for space travel was “Demo”
With two Needs during one flight, Blue Origin mission control had to come up with an alternative wake-up call for Mark.
During the direct sale before takeoff on Tuesday, Blue Origin revealed that Mark will be called Demo, a combination of his children’s names.