Jeff Bezos is one of the world’s most talked-about and instantly recognisable figures today, alongside Elon Musk, Bernard Arnault, and Gautam Adani 

So, who are the parents of the boy who would become the wealthiest person on earth? Here’s what we know.

The Amazon founder was born in New Mexico, in 1964. His biological parents, Jacklyn Gise and Ted Jorgensen, were only 17 and 18 years old respectively, according to Business Insider.

At the time of his birth, Bezos’ mum was still a high school student and his dad performed in a circus. 

However, before Jeff was 18 months old, his parents divorced. A few years later, Jacklyn met Miguel Bezos while attending night school, according to CNBC.

After Jacklyn and Miguel wed, the family moved to Houston, Texas and Miguel adopted Jeff, passing on his last name. Jeff was embraced with open arms by his stepfather.

Earlier this year, Mike was honoured by the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, who celebrated his “incredible life story and passion for education”.

Speaking at the event, an emotional Jeff praised his immigrant father as an exemplary role model

They loaned Jeff $245,000 in 1995 to start By 2020, he had transformed that into $1 trillion! 

 As per CNBC, Jeff admitted that there was as much as a 70 per cent chance that they might never get their money back.

The early investment that his parents made into Amazon has clearly paid off. By 1999 already, Bezos had built an estimated net worth of around US$9 billion, according to CNBC.

In 2018 Bloomberg estimated that, thanks to their investment, the couple alone could be worth US$30 billion, by now likely much more.