Jeff Bezos’ Relocation Timeline
|Nearly 30 years ago||Bezos founds Amazon in a Seattle garage.|
|Early 2021||Bezos steps down as CEO of Amazon.|
|November 2023||Bezos announces his move to Miami, citing personal reasons.|
|Last month||Bezos purchases a mansion in Miami’s “Billionaire Bunker.”|
|November 2023||Bezos’ announcement on Instagram about the emotional decision.|
|Amazon’s founding||Bezos provides a video tour of Amazon’s humble first office in Seattle.|
After almost three decades since founding Amazon in a Seattle garage, Jeff Bezos is making a significant relocation. The billionaire entrepreneur, in a Thursday night Instagram post, shared his plans to move to Miami, where he spent his high school years. His decision to move closer to his parents and his partner, Lauren Sánchez, reflects a desire for a change of scenery and lifestyle.
Jeff Bezos relinquished his role as the CEO of Amazon nearly three years ago, but the company remains based in Seattle. In his social media announcement, Bezos mentioned that the operations of his rocket company, Blue Origin, are increasingly shifting to Cape Canaveral, located approximately 200 miles south of Miami.
While expressing his excitement about this move, Bezos acknowledged the emotional aspect of leaving Seattle, a place he has called home since 1994, when he launched Amazon from his modest garage. His Instagram post included a brief video tour of Amazon’s first office, featuring his original desk, a fax machine, and a lengthy orange extension cord that once provided essential power.
Miami holds a special place in Bezos’ heart. With his status as one of the world’s wealthiest individuals, Bezos already owns opulent properties in the city, which has become a magnet for tech luminaries. Recent reports revealed Bezos’ real estate acquisitions, including a $79 million mansion in Miami’s renowned “Billionaire Bunker” and an adjacent estate purchased just two months earlier for $68 million. These properties are situated in Indian Creek, an exclusive man-made island boasting celebrity neighbors like Tom Brady, Ivanka Trump, and Jared Kushner.
Although Bezos stepped down as Amazon’s CEO in early 2021, his influence over the company persists as he serves as its executive chair and remains its largest shareholder. His decision to relocate to Miami signifies a new chapter in his life, as he balances philanthropy and other ventures.