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July 27, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos  and his wife, MacKenzie, have given $2.5 million to fund efforts in the state of Washington to legalize same-sex marriage, effectively doubling the current electoral war chest of proponents. The gift was announced by Washington United for Marriage, the coalition working to pass Referendum 74 in November. It's believed to be the largest individual gift “to secure or protect the freedom to marry,” the group said in a statement released on its website.
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BUSINESS
March 28, 2012 | By Andrea Chang
Ever wonder what kind of random hobbies you'd take up if you were a billionaire? Well, for Amazon.com  founder and CEO Jeff Bezos -- worth $18.4 billion according to Forbes -- it's about tracking down old rocket engines. Did we mention they're buried in the ocean? The 48-year-old self-made billionaire said Wednesday on his blog, appropriately called Bezos Expeditions , that he was “excited to report” that his team of “undersea pros” had found the engines that helped launch the Apollo 11 mission.
BUSINESS
August 5, 2013 | By Andrea Chang
In a surprise move, Amazon founder and Chief Executive Jeff Bezos has agreed to buy the Washington Post and other properties for $250 million. The deal is being made by Bezos alone, without involvement from Seattle-based Amazon. Donald Graham, chairman and CEO of Washington Post Co., said the board of directors decided to sell the company's newspaper publishing business "only after years of familiar newspaper-industry challenges made us wonder if there might be another owner who would be better for the Post.
BUSINESS
December 4, 2000 | LYNN MARSHALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Heading into its sixth holiday season, Amazon.com has found itself facing some of the greatest challenges of its short but illustrious life. The company always has been a poster child of Internet commerce--and it still is. But along with all the usual accolades this year has come an unfamiliar din of complaints. Analysts and investors have yelped over the company's continuing losses--expected to total about $700 million for the year.
BUSINESS
March 21, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Amazon.com Inc. in Seattle apologized to buyers who had to wait as long as six weeks to receive the Kindle electronic reading device. Amazon.com sold out of Kindle devices in 5 1/2 hours after they went on sale in November and has been trying to increase manufacturing capacity, Chief Executive Jeff Bezos said.
BUSINESS
February 27, 2002 | Bloomberg News
Amazon.com Inc. founder and Chief Executive Jeff Bezos sold 2.95 million shares in the Internet retailer, under a program of selling the stock at fixed intervals. The shares were worth $38.6 million at Friday's closing price. Including the most recent sales, Bezos has sold less than 5% of his holdings in the company. Bezos last year adopted a plan that commits him to selling company stock at fixed intervals. Amazon stock rose 67 cents to $14.40 on Nasdaq.
BUSINESS
June 25, 2008 | Jessica Guynn
How tweet it is. Twitter, the microblogging service that is changing how people communicate, has closed its long-rumored funding round. Spark Capital and Amazon.com Inc. founder Jeff Bezos led the round, the San Francisco company's third, with existing investors Union Square Ventures and Digital Garage participating. Spark Capital's Bijan Sabet, an active Tweeter, joins the board. Twitter, whose motto is "What are you doing?," is not divulging financial details, but word is that it landed $15 million for a valuation of slightly less than $100 million.
BUSINESS
March 12, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
Amazon.com Inc., the largest Internet retailer, agreed to pay $27.5 million to settle a shareholder lawsuit that alleges the company misled investors about its finances. The suit accused the company, Chairman Jeff Bezos and two former executives of making false and misleading statements during a three-year span that ended in October 2001, Seattle-based Amazon.com said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
BUSINESS
March 7, 2001 | Reuters
Amazon.com Inc. shares sank 6%, reversing earlier gains, after a report poured cold water on investor optimism that the online superstore could join forces with retail powerhouse Wal-Mart Stores Inc., analysts said. Amazon shares rose in early Nasdaq trading amid a rally in tech stocks, but ended the day off 75 cents at $11.88 after a report in the online edition of the Wall Street Journal said a tie-up between Amazon and Wal-Mart was not expected soon.
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