Quick look: The high-tech world of Jeff Bezos

From rockets to newspapers to Amazon.com, Bezos is one busy guy

Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos
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Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos has once again taken a dive onto the risky end of the pool by buying the Washington Post for $250 million. Bezos, who according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index was in 2012 listed as one of the wealthiest people in the world with an estimated net worth of $22.1 billion is no stranger to risky endeavors. One of his other passions is space. He owns Blue Origins, a company that is developing low-cost space habitats. And earlier this year his expedition firm trolled the Atlantic to find spent NASA Apollo-era rockets. But that’s just the beginning. Here’s a quick look at some of Bezos’ more interesting activities over the years.

Washington Post
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A morning edition of the Washington Post lies in a driveway after delivery in this photo illustration taken in Silver Spring, Md., Aug. 6, 2013. Bezos said he will buy the Washington Post newspaper for $250 million in a surprise deal that ends the Graham family's 80 years of ownership. Bezos’ approach makes him well-suited to own a storied but deeply troubled newspaper business like the Washington Post. Away from the harsh glare of Wall Street, Post employees can expect an intense boss, but one who will likely not demand to see immediate financial returns from his $250 million acquisition, Reuters says.

NASA
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A group led by Amazon's CEO recovered from deep in the Atlantic Ocean rocket engines that powered the NASA Apollo moon missions. 'Bezos Expeditions' used remote-control submarines working at depths of over 14,000 feet to bring parts of two Apollo F-1 engines to the surface.

Amazon's Kindle Fire
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Here Bezos demonstrates the Kindle Paperwhite during Amazon's Kindle Fire event in 2012. At the time Amazon.com unveiled a larger, high-speed Kindle Fire tablet for $499, challenging Apple's dominant iPad and intensifying a battle with Google and Microsoft in the booming tablet arena.

Tom Brokaw
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Amazon.com Chief Jeff Bezos and former television news anchor Tom Brokaw.

Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit
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Bezos and wife Mackenzie Bezos arrive at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit celebrating the opening of "Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations" exhibition in New York.

 

Sergei Brin
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Here Bezos talks with Google co-founder Sergei Brin and executive vice president and managing director of Allen & Co. Nancy Peretsman.

Robert De Niro
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Tribeca Film Festival co-founder Robert De Niro stands with Amazon.com Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos at a news conference in New York, 2005 to announce a new national collaborative partnership. The Tribeca Film Festival and founding partner American Express were announcing their partnership with Amazon.com to launch the Amazon Theater/Tribeca Film Festival Short-Film Competition.  

Anna Kournikova
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Tennis player Anna Kournikova and Bezos applaud at the opening of trading at the NASDAQ MarketSite in New York in 2003. Bezos and Kournikova were promoting the new Shock Absorber sports bra that will be sold on Amazon.

Segway
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Bezos stands next to a Segway while speaking at the company's annual shareholders meeting in Seattle in 2003. At the time the online retailer was the exclusive retailer of the Segways.

Gus's Guts
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Bezos demonstrates an educational toy, "Gus's Guts," to talk show host Jay Leno during his appearance on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno." The toy, which allows children to pull out the doll's internal organs, is one of the new items featured on Bezos' internet superstore.

Bill Gates
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Microsoft founder Bill Gates and pro tennis player Andre Agassi shake hands with Bezos and pro tennis player Pete Sampras after beating the pair in a pro-am celebrity doubles match at the Schick Xtreme III Tennis Challenge in 2001.

Time magazine

Bezos  was named Time magazine's Man of the Year in 1999. "Bezos is a person who not only changed the way we do things but helped pave the way for the future," said Time managing editor Walter Isaacson, explaining the magazine's choice at the time.

patented air bag for cell phones

According to Engadget.com, Bezos is one of two inventors listed on a patented air bag for cell phones. The idea is to prevent damage to cell phones when they are inevitably dropped. No word on when this invention will actually surface.

clock

Bezos has invested about $42 million in a project to build a 10,000 year clock in the mountains in West Texas near one of his homes. The clock reportedly would play a different melody to mark the passing of each year. From a Bezos’ penned letter on the clock’s website: “The father of the Clock is Danny Hillis. He's been thinking about and working on the Clock since 1989. He wanted to build a Clock that ticks once a year, where the century hand advances once every 100 years, and the cuckoo comes out on the millennium.”