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Amazon set to overtake Apple as the most valuable listed company

Jeff Bezos is best known as the founder and CEO of online giant Amazon. 

Born in New Mexico and raised in Houston, Texas, he went on to attend the prestigious Princeton University and graduated in 1986. 

After a decade or so of work on Wall Street, Mr Bezos founded his own company in 1994.

Jeff Bezos was born in 1964 and is founder and CEO of Amazon. He is also the richest person in the world 

He initially called his company Cadabra, and then reportedly changed the name to Amazon when a colleague misheard it as ‘cadaver’.

Initially, it was launched as an online book store working out of Bezo’s garage in Seattle but rapidly grew to include a variety of goods and services. 

Now, Amazon is one of the biggest companies in the world and the most successful website in the world.

In 2017, the company had $177.9 billion (£127.6 billion) in revenue and is worth around $430 billion (£309 billion).

Mr Bezos himself has an estimated net worth of $121.3 billion (£87 billion).

He has bought and accumulated a variety of different companies and outlets including: Whole Foods, The Washington Post, Twitch and IMDB. 

He has a controlling share of 17 per cent in his first company, Amazon. 

In 2017, Jeff Bezos surpassed Bill Gates to become the richest person in the world, and the richest person of the modern world. 

He has been married since 1994 and has four children.