July 19, 2013 |
When not running Amazon, what does CEO Jeff Bezos do? Go looking for NASA's garbage. On Friday, Bezos confirmed that his team had retrieved the Apollo 11 No. 5 engine from the ocean floor on a mission in March. That was what they had hoped, but with the pieces stamped with serial numbers missing or corroded after decades under 14,000 feet of seawater, they weren't sure if idenfitication was possible. Now there is specific evidence that this hunk of metal is of the engine that first sent man to the moon.
July 27, 2012 |
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.
March 28, 2012 |
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.
March 21, 2008 |
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.
February 27, 2002 |
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.
May 20, 2013 |
In a move to bump up physical book sales, Stephen King will not release an e-book version of his new novel , "Joyland," the Wall Street Journal reports. It's something of a radical move for the man who stood onstage with Amazon's Jeff Bezos in 2009 to introduce the Kindle 2. This time King has decided to throw his support behind brick-and-mortar booksellers. "I have no plans for a digital version," King told the Journal. "In the meantime, let people stir their sticks and go to an actual bookstore rather than a digital one. " However, the print book is still available for pre-order from online retailer Amazon.
June 25, 2008 |
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.
March 12, 2005 |
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.
March 7, 2001 |
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.