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66. Jeff Bezos: Amazon.com Creator
The way people shop today is different from
way they shopped 20 years ago thanks to
"Jeff" Bezos. Before e-commerce became a commonplace occurrence
the United States, Americans shopped the traditional way,
meant going out of their homes, getting in
cars, and visiting retail outlets in search of
goods. Bezos had a better way, though. The
-educated business magnate and entrepreneur played a large role
developing online commerce as it is known today.
founded Amazon.com as a way to sell books.
sold novels, how-to books, and textbooks through Amazon,
that was just the beginning. He branched out
other retail products. Today, Amazon is the largest
retailer in the world.
Born on January 12,
in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Bezos demonstrated mechanical proficiency
an early age. He attended high school in
states, Texas and Florida, and was class valedictorian.
Princeton, he studied computer science, winning several awards,
participating in several extracurricular activities.
He moved to
, Washington in 1994 to start his new company,
.com. He chose the state of Washington because of
small population. The United States Supreme Court recently
that online sales were required to pay sales
in the state of operation. He moved to
because fewer of his customers would have to
the sales taxes.
Today, Amazon.com is the largest
-commerce retailer in the world with locations in several
, including the United Kingdom, China, Japan, Mexico, Brazil,
India. It has plans to expand to more
, including Sri Lanka, Poland, and The Netherlands.