Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos’ Single Teen Mother Brought Him to Night School With Her When He Was a Baby

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Former president and CEO of Amazon Jeff Bezos faced challenges early in life, and his mom had her share of difficulties too. Today, we want to share their story to inspire people and show that with education and determination, you can make seemingly impossible things happen.

Jeff Bezos’ journey to success is inspiring, but so is his mom’s story.

Bezos, the third-richest person globally with $167.8 billion as of November 2023, had a tough start. His mom, Jacklyn Bezos, was a teenager without much money and couldn’t even afford a telephone.

Bezos tweeted about his mom’s amazing journey, saying, “My mom’s incredible story. Wow. So grateful. So proud. #Grit.” He shared a clip of his mom’s speech at Cambridge College.

Jacklyn Bezos got pregnant when she was just 17 in high school in Albuquerque, New Mexico. At that time, life wasn’t easy for pregnant teenagers. School administrators even told her she wouldn’t be able to finish high school.

In her commencement speech, Jacklyn revealed, “It didn’t make any sense to me, so I pushed back, and I kept on pushing back. And eventually the school relented, they would allow me to come back to school, but there would be conditions.”

The rules were harsh and dehumanizing for Jacklyn Bezos.

She had to arrive and depart school within 5 minutes of the starting and finishing bells. She couldn’t talk to other students or eat lunch in the cafeteria, and she was told she wouldn’t be allowed to walk across the stage with her classmates to get her diploma. Despite these challenges, Jacklyn complied, persisted, and graduated.

Divorced from Bezos’ biological father, Ted Jorgensen, by the time he was just 17 months old, Jacklyn sought out work as a secretary, having taken secretarial classes in the afternoons. Even though she was a terrible typist and couldn’t read her own shorthand, somebody actually hired her, and she got a job that paid $190 per month.

Jacklyn moved into her own apartment with her son, but money was tight, leaving her unable to afford a phone. Since her parents wanted to stay in touch, her father came up with a solution — a walkie-talkie. He instructed her to check in every day at 7 a.m.

“That’s how we were able to stay in an apartment...because I didn’t have to pay for a phone,” Jacklyn explained.

Determined to pursue her education, Jacklyn enrolled in night school. She strategically selected classes based on professors who would allow her to bring her infant son to class.

Jacklyn would show up with an infant and 2 duffel bags.

She used to come with her baby and 2 big bags. One bag held her books, and the other had baby stuff, like diapers and bottles. In the second bag, she had things to keep Jeff busy for a little while.

In one of her classes, Jacklyn met her future husband, Mike Bezos, who is now considered Jeff’s father even though he is not his biological dad.

When Mike got a job that required the family to move, Jacklyn had to put her dream of graduating from college on hold for many years. She felt a bit envious when she sent her own children off to college.

But eventually, Jacklyn decided to go back to school. She said, “Finally, after delays and setbacks, I feasted at the table of higher education. And boy did I feast. I was relentless. I devoured my classes.”

More than 2 decades after finishing high school, Jacklyn achieved her goal and graduated from college. She proudly shared, “When I graduated from the College of Saints Elizabeth at the age of 40, I had never been more proud of myself. I felt 10 feet tall. Now that’s a gain of 5 feet, so that’s a pretty big gain from graduation.”

What an amazing story! Before you leave, don’t forget to check out another article where Jeff Bezos’ wife shares a playful photo of her multi-billionaire husband, revealing a different side of him.

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lately too many post about Jeff bezos being a good human.. lets not forget he owns this website (hence the Amazon advertisement here) and also he doesnt pay taxes, and exploits his workers. lets not pretend he's human or praise him.

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