Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.

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His mother, Jacklyn Bezos, gave birth to him when she was a teenager.

Jeff Bezos in 1997.

According to CNBC, Bezos, then Jacklyn Gise Jorgensen, was barely 17 years old and a junior in high school when she gave birth to her son in 1964. At the time, her high school administrators told her she would not be permitted to finish her education there. 

After she was allowed to return under strict conditions, Jacklyn Bezos graduated and later divorced from Jeff Bezos’ biological father, Ted Jorgensen, after less than a year of marriage. Jeff Bezos was just over a year old at the time. She struggled to make ends meet while working as a secretary and, at one point, didn’t even have enough income to afford a phone, CNBC reported.

Determined to make life better for her and her son, Bezos enrolled in college classes with professors who permitted her to bring her infant along. It was there she met her future husband, Mike Bezos, a Cuban immigrant who would give Jeff Bezos his last name and step in as his father.

Bezos’ biological father was once a circus performer.

A circus performer on a unicycle.

According to the 2013 biography of Jeff Bezos by Brad Stone, “The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon,” the now-billionaire’s biological father was a unicyclist and circus performer.

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When Stone tracked down Jorgensen to interview him for his biography, he had reportedly not seen his son in decades and hadn’t realized he was his biological father. Jorgensen reached out to his son and the two made amends, with Bezos telling him “he harbored no ill will towards Jorgensen at all,” according to Stone.

Ted Jorgensen died March 16, 2015, at the age of 71.

Bezos was interested in how things work and engineering even as a child.

Jeff Bezos.

When Bezos was a toddler, he reportedly felt he was “too old” to sleep in a crib and managed to take it apart with a screwdriver by himself. By the time he entered high school, Bezos had transformed his home garage into a laboratory for his own inventions, Harvard Business School wrote, citing Angela Duckworth’s “Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance.”

He started his first business when he was in high school.

Jeff Bezos.

While he was in high school, Bezos launched his very first business, an educational summer camp for fourth, fifth, and sixth graders called the Dream Institute. According to Insider, Bezos and his girlfriend at the time both worked on the camp and charged its six attendees $600 per person.

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