Last day for Jeff Bezos at the helm of Amazon. Tomorrow his right-hand man, Andy Jassy, who previously led the cloud computing business Amazon Web Services, will become CEO of the US giant. Bezos, whose assets are estimated at around $ 200 billion, will remain executive chairman of the group, born 27 years old in a Seattle garage on July 5, 1994. Now for the 57-year-old Amazon founder, another arrives. challenge, that of space. On July 20, in fact, Bezos will make the first flight, with the New Shepard spacecraft, of his space company Blue Origin. Accompanying him in this new adventure, 52 years after Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin planted the American flag on the moon, will be his brother Mark. It will not be easy for Jassy to replace Bezos at the head of the group. “The people who have worked closely with Jassy – writes the Wall Street Jounral – over the years describe him as calm and accessible unlike Bezos who would not be”.
A Harvard graduate, Jassy, 53, joined Amazon in 1997 when the US group had only a hundred employees and sold exclusively books. Twenty-four years later the group has diversified and employs 1.3 million people worldwide. In 2006 it was from his intuition that Amazon Web Services was born, which in a short time became the flagship of the group.