Amazon History

Historical Events

Historic Event

1994-07-05 founded in Bellevue, Washington by Jeff Bezos

  • 2015-12-09 Amazon's best-selling book of the year is "Girl on a Train" by Paula Hawkins
  • 2016-12-14 Amazon announces its 1st delivery by drone 2 km from their warehouse in the UK
  • 2017-06-16 Amazon announces it is buying Whole Foods for $13.7 billion
  • 2017-07-27 Amazon founder Jeff Bezos briefly becomes world's richest man at $91.4B USD, overtaking Bill Gates for half a day
  • 2017-12-05 Online store Amazon begins operations in Australia
  • 2018-01-10 Jeff Bezos becomes the second man worth over $100 billion as his wealth hits $106 billion due to a rise in Amazon's share price
  • 2018-03-06 Forbes names Amazon founder Jeff Bezos the world's richest person for the first time at $112 billion, Bill Gates no. 2
  • 2018-09-04 Amazon becomes America's second trillion dollar company
  • 2018-09-13 Amazon live streams “Thursday Night Football” Cincinnati beats Baltimore 34-23; first all-female broadcast booth in NFL history; Andrea Kremer calls game with Hannah Storm
  • 2018-11-13 Amazon announces two new corporate outposts at Queens, New York and Arlington, Virginia
  • 2019-01-07 Amazon overtakes Microsoft to become the world's most valuable listed company for the first time, worth $797 billion
  • 2019-02-08 Amazon founder Jeff Bezos accuses The National Enquirer and its owner, American Media Inc, of blackmail over private messages detailing an extramarital affair
  • 2019-02-14 Amazon cancels plans to build a corporate campus in Long Island, Queens, New York after widespread opposition
  • 2019-04-25 Microsoft becomes the third US firm to be listed with a market worth of 1 trillion, after Apple and Amazon
  • 2019-06-03 US federal government departments and Congress begin anti-trust investigations into large tech companies including Apple, Google, Facebook and Amazon
  • 2020-02-17 Amazon boss Jeff Bezos pledges $10 billion to help fight climate change

Historic Event

2020-09-03 MacKenzie Scott, philanthropist and ex-wife of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, becomes world's richest woman worth $68 billion

Historic Event

2021-01-07 Elon Musk, co-founder of Tesla, becomes the world's richest man, worth $186 billion, overtaking Amazon founder Jeff Bezos

  • 2021-02-02 Jeff Bezos announces he is stepping down as CEO of Amazon after 30 years, becoming executive chairman
  • 2021-05-26 Amazon says it will buy 97-year-old film and television studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer for $8.45 billion
  • 2021-07-20 Amazon founder Jeff Bezos goes into space in first unpiloted suborbital flight with all-civilian crew, aboard rocket developed by his company Blue Origin
  • 2021-07-30 1 out of 169 Americans employed by Amazon in new figures released by the company. Now US's second largest employer (Walmart the largest employing 1 in 100) [1]

Famous Birthdays

Jeff BezosJeff Bezos (58 years old)

1964-01-12 American entrepreneur and founder of Amazon, born in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Famous Divorces

Jeff Bezos

2019-04-04 Amazon's Jeff Bezos and MacKenzie Bezos agree record-breaking $35 billion divorce settlement