Jeff Bezos Biological Father Didn't Even Know Bezos Existed Until The End Of Last Year
Jorgensen's absence from Bezos' life was so complete that in a 1999 interview with Wired, Bezos said of Jorgensen, "I've never met him," although, in reality he lived with him for the first year of his life."The reality, as far as I'm concerned, is that my Dad is my natural father. The only time I ever think about it, genuinely, is when a doctor asks me to fill out a form," said Bezos in 1999. Jorgensen, for his part, had a nearly identical attitude about Bezos.
However, Stone managed to find Jorgensen, now 69, who owns a bike shop in Glendale, Arizona.
Here's how Jorgensen reacted when Stone introduced himself: "He had no idea what I was talking about. Jorgensen said he didn't know who Jeff Bezos was and was baffled by my suggestion that he was the father of this famous CEO."Stone jogged Jorgensen's memory, trotting out details about Bezos and his mother. Says Stone, "The old man's face flushed with recognition. 'Is he still alive?' he asked, not yet fully comprehending."
Bezos' biological father had disconnected so thoroughly from Bezos life that not only did he not remember his name, and not only did he not realize his son was one of the richest men in the world, but he wasn't even sure if his son was still alive.
Jorgensen says that in his younger days "I wasn't a good father or a husband." He eventually quit drinking, got his act together and opened his bike shop. He's married, but had no other children in his life beyond Bezos.A family friend told Stone later that Jorgensen felt overwhelmed with sadness and regret. He wants to get in touch Bezos, but it's unclear if that will ever happen.
Disclosure: Jeff Bezos is an investor in Business Insider through his personal investment company Bezos Expeditions.
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