Jeff Bezos said the decision to step down was based in part on his desire to focus on Blue Origin, his private space company.
“As Exec Chair I will stay engaged in important Amazon initiatives but also have the time and energy I need to focus on the Day 1 Fund, the Bezos Earth Fund, Blue Origin, The Washington Post, and my other passions,” he said in a statement.
Blue Origin may not be quite as famous as fellow tech billionaire Elon Musk’s SpaceX. It arguably hasn’t had quite the same success, either.
But the two companies share the same aim, of creating the rockets and spacecraft that will power the future of space travel. And they hope to get there in the same way: with reusable rockets that can make flying into space something like taking a very large and expensive plane.
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