Jeff Bezos

Florida Entices Bezos To Build Rockets On Space Coast

Sep 15, 2015
Miami Herald Staff

Blue Origin, the aerospace effort of technology entrepreneur Jeff Bezos, will build a $200 million manufacturing facility just south of Kennedy Space Center that will employ about 330 people in exchange for state and local incentives.

With Gov. Rick Scott on hand Tuesday, Bezos, who founded the online marketplace and is ranked among the world's wealthiest people, announced his project that also will use a Space Florida launch pad at Cape Canaveral.

After Monday's surprising news that founder Jeff Bezos is buying The Washington Post for $250 million — a deal that came just days after the Boston Globe was sold for $70 million to Boston Red Sox owner John Henry — a question naturally occurs:

Who's next?

Yearkbook photo/ Palm Echo 1982

When Jeffrey Preston Bezos graduated from Miami Palmetto Senior High in 1982, he had big plans to change the world.

The valedictorian, National Merit Scholar and Silver Knight award winner for science told the Miami Herald he wanted to “build space hotels, amusement parks, yachts and colonies for two or three million people orbiting around the earth.”

Eventually, his grand plan included getting everybody off the blue planet and turning it into a big park of sorts.

The Washington Post Co. will sell its flagship newspaper and one of the most respected news organizations in the country to founder Jeffrey P. Bezos, the company announced in a press release. The Post has been a family-owned business for four generations.

Amazon, the company said, will play no role in the purchase. Bezos is making the purchase personally.