Jeff Bezos is a billionaire, the creator of Amazon.com Inc., and a household name.
But there is a lesser-known narrative behind his public persona involving a biological tie that went undetected for the bulk of his life. Bezos never met his biological father, Ted Jorgensen, an unremarkable Arizona bike shop owner.
Jorgensen had no idea Bezos was his son for the majority of his life. When Bezos was a year old, his mother, Jackie, departed with him, their paths diverged. Jorgensen, who was 18 at the time, had been married to Jackie for a short period.
Jorgensen grew raised in a little Arizona town. He was an exceptional athlete who excelled at unicycle hockey. He also loved bicycles and owned a bike business in Glendale, Arizona. Jorgensen was said to be a nice and compassionate man who was well-liked by his clients and acquaintances.
Bezos grew up with his teen mother and her second husband, Miguel Bezos. Miguel was a Cuban immigrant who arrived in America with nothing. He worked hard to make a good life for himself and his family. Miguel was a fantastic father to Jeff, according to Jeff, and he learnt a lot from him. He and Jackie even loaned him the money he needed to start Amazon.
Jeff Bezos revealed in a 1999 interview that he had “never met” his real father. He then admitted that he had spent his first year of life with Jorgensen.
Brad Stone, author of “The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and Amazon,” tracked Jorgensen down to a modest bike repair business in Arizona in 2012. Jorgensen was unaware of his son’s remarkable climb in business and was unaware of his link to the millionaire.
Jorgensen was taken aback by the discovery of his son’s identity, as he had spent decades worrying about Bezos’s life and well-being. When Jorgensen viewed images of his son, his eyes allegedly welled up with tears and surprise. He freely acknowledged regret for not being the father and husband he desired to be. Stone admitted in his book, “I wasn’t a good father or a good husband.”
Jorgensen stated at the time that he intended to restore communication with the Bezos family. He explained that Bezos was his only child and that he hadn’t seen him since he was a baby. Despite being one of the world’s richest men, Bezos stated that he wanted nothing more than acknowledgement from his kid, recognising their father-son relationship.
Months after Stone made the connection, Jorgensen told MailOnline that he had to give up hope that Bezos would exhibit any inclination to accept his wish for a reconnection. “I don’t think he’ll come to me now,” he said. I haven’t heard anything from him or seen any indication that he wishes to communicate with me. I hoped it would happen because of the exposure, but I can’t blame him. “I guess I wasn’t a particularly good father.”
Despite Jorgensen’s public requests to connect and Bezos’ purported letter-writing attempt, the long-awaited encounter between father and son never took place. Jorgensen died in 2015, at the age of 70, with the terrible burden of having never talked to his son.