Placeholder Image

Subtitles section Play video

  • You would never guess in a million, 2

  • or should we say 27 billion years 3

  • that this bicycle repairman 4

  • is the long lost biological father of Jeff Bezos, 5

  • founder of Amazon.com, 6

  • the man who changed the way we shop. 7

  • Look at 69-year-old Ted Jorgensen 8

  • side-by-side with Bezos. 9

  • They even share the same laugh. 10

  • (Jeff laughing) 11

  • (Ted laughing) 12

  • Until recently, Jorgensen had never even heard of Amazon. 13

  • He doesn't even use a computer. 14

  • Jorgensen says he still remembers 15

  • the very last time he saw his son. 16

  • I was working in a Walmart, 17

  • and I remember them comin' to visit me for some reason. 18

  • And it was cold, and he had his little winter coat on, 19

  • and I just remember him walkin' down the aisle 20

  • comin' to see me. 21

  • Jeff Bezos' mother Jackie and Jorgensen 22

  • were teenagers when they got married in 1963. 23

  • Back then, Jorgensen was a poor circus performer. 24

  • Their son Jeff was born in 1964. 25

  • After the marriage broke up, Jorgensen gave up custody. 26

  • Jackie remarried Mike Bezos, 27

  • who adopted Jeff and raised him as his own. 28

  • Have you ever regretted that decision? 29

  • Big mistake. 30

  • But at the time, I thought it was the best. 31

  • Jorgensen opened a bike shop 32

  • and toiled away in obscurity for the next 40 years. 33

  • Ted Jorgensen working in his bike shop 34

  • here in Phoenix, Arizona 35

  • when a biographer writing the book about Jeff Bezos 36

  • came in with news that would change Ted's life forever. 37

  • When the writer came in and told you 38

  • that your son was Jeff Bezos, 39

  • what was your reaction? 40

  • He asked me if I knew who Jeff Bezos was. 41

  • And what did you say? 42

  • I said, "No, 43

  • "the name kinda sounds familiar, but I don't know him." 44

  • Jorgensen lives in a modest house 45

  • in a middle class Phoenix suburb, 46

  • a far cry from Bezos's lakefront mansion in Seattle. 47

  • Forbes magazine lists Bezos as America's 12th richest man, 48

  • worth an estimated 27 billion dollars. 49

  • 27 billion, you know, with a B? 50

  • Jorgensen's second wife of 26 years, Linda, 51

  • says because Bezos is so rich and powerful, 52

  • contacting him is difficult. 53

  • Because of who Jeff is, I think it's made an obstacle 54

  • that wouldn't have been there 55

  • had he been a garbage collector. 56

  • Bezos has made only one comment 57

  • about his biological father. 58

  • "I've never met him. 59

  • "The only time I ever think about it 60

  • "is when a doctor asks me to fill out a form." 61

  • Jorgensen is battling emphysema. 62

  • He says he wants to see his son 63

  • one last time before he dies. 64

  • He says he doesn't want a penny from his son, 65

  • and just wants to apologize for what he calls 66

  • the biggest mistake of his life. 67

  • What would you say to him? 68

  • I would just like to tell him 69

  • I used to change your diapers, you know? (laughs) 70

  • And just see him, shake his hand, 71

  • and tell him he's really done a good job with his life. 72

  • (pensive music)

You would never guess in a million, 2

Subtitles and vocabulary

Operation of videos Adjust the video here to display the subtitles

B1 US InsideEdition bezos jeff jeff bezos son shop

How Bike Shop Owner Discovered He Was Jeff Bezos' Dad

  • 5 0
    Mahiro Kitauchi posted on 2020/09/08
Video vocabulary