Forget Jeff Bezos, His Dad Is The Real Success Story


They say it doesn’t matter where you come from, it only matters where you’re going, and that couldn’t be more true for Mike Bezos.

You would think the father of the richest man in the world would be a successful business tycoon, or come from an affluent background, but Jeff Bezos’ dad came to America from Cuba at 16 years old, all alone as a refugee, wearing a jacket his mother had hand-stitched from cleaning rags. He could only bring three of everything: shirts, pants, and underwear with him, spoke no English, but somehow he was able to land on his own two feet.


Jeff Bezos and Mike Bezos in front of Statue of Liberty

Although he’s not Jeff’s biological father, he married his mother, Jackie, when the future Amazon founder was 4 years old, and raised him like his own. Jeff says his father’s “grit, determination, and optimism are inspiring.''


Young Mike Bezos holding Jeff Bezos as a child

Coming from a similar background, I know as immigrants, our greatest dream is the American dream. How that dream is defined, of course depends on the individual, but for the most part, it’s achieving personal and business goals that we otherwise couldn’t achieve in our homeland.

Mike’s story goes to show that life is what you make out of it. It’s not the cards that you’re dealt that matter, it’s how you play the game. You can watch his story below.


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