Jeff Bezos delivered his grandmother’s chicken-and-rice dinner to press covering his Blue Origin space flight

Amazon chairman Jeff Bezos wears a grey suit and talks on stage in front of a purple rocket model.
Jeff Bezos is due to fly to the edge of space on his Blue Origin rocket, New Shepard, on Tuesday 20 July.

  • Jeff Bezos delivered a chicken-and-rice dinner to reporters covering his Blue Origin spaceflight.
  • Bezos, alongside his brother Mark, said the arroz con pollo was his grandmother’s recipe.
  • Bezos is due to fly to the edge of space – about 62 miles above Earth – on Tuesday.
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Jeff Bezos delivered a chicken-and-rice dinner to journalists at the Blue Origin broadcast news site on Monday – a day before his scheduled flight to the edge of space.

Bezos and his brother Mark walked into a press warehouse near the Texas launch site to hand reporters a large tray of arroz con pollo, and said it was his “grandmother’s recipe.” Michael Sheetz, CNBC’s space reporter, posted a video of the delivery on Twitter.

“Now if you don’t like this,” Bezos told reporters about the dinner, “just keep it to yourself.”

Sheetz said that the chicken was “excellent, flavorful” and fell “off the bone” in another tweet.

The Bezos brothers also left a sheet with the dinner’s recipe, which Sheetz shared in a tweet.

Jeff Bezos is scheduled to travel to the edge of space on Tuesday morning in a rocket, called the New Shepard, owned by his spaceflight company Blue Origin.

The rocket is scheduled to reach 62 miles above Earth, around the Kármán line, an imaginary boundary above which the atmosphere is too thin to provide enough lift for normal aircraft to fly, according to the National Environmental Satellite Data and Information Service.

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“Having crossed over the Kármán Line into space, you will have earned your astronaut wings,” Blue Origin’s website says.

The Amazon founder, who stepped down as CEO after 27 years on July 5, will fly alongside his brother as well as an 82-year-old aviator named Wally Funk and an 18-year-old high school graduate called Oliver Daeman.

After one reporter asked Bezos if the meal was his last, he responded: “I don’t think we have to put it that way! Let’s talk about it in a different way.”

Bezos is risking his life to prove that Blue Origin can safely fly humans to the edge of space.

Billionaires have long hoped to pioneer a new era of commercial space travel. Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson became the first billionaire to reach the edge of space when he flew on board his rocket, the VSS Unity, on July 11.

Branson did not breach the Kármán Line, although NASA has awarded astronaut wings to pilots who’ve flown above 50 miles.

Bezos’ flight to space is scheduled for 9 a.m. ET and will be streamed live on Insider’s website.

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Meet Mark Bezos, the younger brother of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos who’s about to join him aboard Blue Origin’s first human space flight

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Mark Bezos, left, and Jeff Bezos.

  • Jeff Bezos announced that his brother, Mark, will join him on a Blue Origin flight to space.
  • Mark, who is six years Jeff’s junior, is a volunteer fireman who has his own private equity firm.
  • He and Jeff are the “closest friends.” Jeff he described him as the “funniest guy in my life.”
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On July 20, Jeff Bezos and his younger brother, Mark, are heading to space.

The Amazon founder announced Monday that he and his brother will be on the first human flight of the New Shepard spacecraft, which is made by Blue Origin, Bezos’ space exploration company. The company is currently auctioning one of the six available seats aboard the flight, which will last 11 minutes and take the spacecraft 62 miles above the Earth’s surface.

Bezos said in a video posted to Instagram that he’s wanted to go to space his whole life, and that he asked his brother to come along “because we’re closest friends.”

So who is the younger Bezos? Here are five things we know about him.

Mark Bezos is the youngest of the Bezos siblings

According to a 1999 Wired profile on Jeff Bezos, Mark Bezos is six years younger than his brother, who turned 57 in January. The brothers have a middle sister named Christina.

The Bezos siblings moved around a lot as kids, spending time in Albuquerque, Houston, and Pensacola, Florida. Their mother, Jackie, had Jeff as a teenager; their father, Mike, immigrated to the US from Cuba at age 15. The couple met while working at a local bank, and Mike Bezos became Jeff Bezos’ adoptive father.

He got his start in advertising and marketing

Mark Bezos attended Texas Christian University, graduating in 1992 with a degree in advertising and public relations, according to his LinkedIn page.

He got his start working at New York City ad firms like DDB and Saatchi & Saatchi. Then, in 1999, he founded and ran his own marketing company. The same year, he became a director at the Bezos Family Foundation, which was founded by Jackie and Mike Bezos.

In 2006, he began working at an organization called Robin Hood, not to be confused with the stock-trading app – Robin Hood is a New York-based nonprofit focused on fighting poverty. Bezos currently serves on Robin Hood’s leadership council.

Bezos is also the cofounder of private equity firm HighPost Capital.

He’s a volunteer firefighter

Bezos has been a volunteer with the Scarsdale Fire Department in Westchester County since 2005.

In 2011, Bezos gave a TED talk about being a firefighter, sharing a humorous story about being asked to do the unglamorous job of retrieving shoes for a woman whose house was on fire. But after hearing the woman’s appreciation, he said, he saw the importance of committing small acts of kindness and generosity.

“I would offer this reminder: Don’t wait,” Bezos said. “Don’t wait until you make your first million to make a difference in somebody’s life.”

He’s likely a millionaire several times over

Jeff Bezos’ parents invested invested $245,573 in Amazon in 1995, and while they haven’t publicly disclosed their Amazon holdings since 1999, they likely own millions of shares worth tens of billions of dollars, according to Bloomberg.

Mark and Christina also own shares in Amazon and are most likely worth several hundred million dollars apiece.

Last month, Mark put his Scarsdale home on the market for $11 million. The four-acre estate includes a main house with six bedrooms and four bathrooms, as well as a four-bedroom guest house. The property also includes a home theater, gym, wine cellar, and game room with a golf simulator.

Mark and his brother are close friends

In a Seattle Times profile on Jeff Bezos from 1999, Mark described what it feels like when your brother starts becoming famous.

“When your brother is all of a sudden one of these people who are being recognized, you look at him and try to imagine you’re seeing him for the first time,” said Mark Bezos. “(He’s) Jeff Bezos, the guy who started Amazon, as opposed to Jeff Bezos, the guy who used to make you tickle his feet.”

Mark interviewed Jeff onstage at a Summit leadership event in 2017 and joked about his brother’s astronomical wealth.

“If any of you do get confused, I’m the one with the smaller bank account to your left,” Mark said.

For his part, Jeff has described his brother as the “funniest guy in my life” and said that when they’re together – often drinking bourbon – “I just laugh continuously.”

The two brothers also support each other. According to the Seattle Times story, Jeff showed up at Mark’s first marathon in New York and started jogging with him at mile 25 to offer moral support, ducking out right before the finish line.

In the video about the upcoming spaceflight, Mark said he was “awestruck” that Jeff asked him to come.

“What a remarkable opportunity, not only to have this adventure, but to be able to do it with my best friend,” Mark said.

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