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It's been an eventful last year for Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon. On Wednesday, Bezos announced that he and his wife of 25 years, novelist MacKenzie Bezos, were divorcing. In July, Bezos reached a new milestone: his net worth hit $150 billion, making him, as Bloomberg put it, the richest person in modern history. In September, Amazon hit a new milestone: Amazon briefly became the second US company to achieve a valuation of more than $1 trillion — though its market cap has since sunk under that threshhold. That success hasn't come overnight, however. Bezos began his career in the hedge fund world in the 90s, then left a cushy job to launch his own startup.  Here's how Bezos got his start, and built one of the largest tech companies in the world. SEE ALSO: Everything I loved and hated about the $120 Fire TV Cube, Amazon’s ambitious vision for the future of TV Jeff Bezos' mom, Jackie, was a teenager when she had him in January 1964. She had recently married Cuban immigrant Mike Bezos, who adopted Jeff. Jeff didn't learn that Mike wasn't his real father until he was 10, but says he was more fazed about learning he needed to get glasses than he was about the news. Source: Wired When Bezos was 4, his mother told his biological father, who previously had worked as a circus performer, to stay out of their lives. When Brad Stone interviewed Bezos' biological father for Stone's book "The Everything Store," Bezos' dad had no idea who his son had become. Source: The Everything Store Bezos showed signs of brilliance from an early age. When he was a toddler, he took apart his crib with a screwdriver because he wanted to sleep in a real bed. Source: The Everything Store See the rest of the story at Business Insider