Jeff Bezos leaves Seattle, where he founded Amazon, for Miami: 'It’s an emotional decision for me'

In recent months, the billionaire acquired two mansions on the exclusive, restricted-access island of Indian Creek.

Jeff Bezos is returning to Miami. He lived part of his early life in the Florida city, where he graduated with honors from Miami Palmetto High School before heading to New Jersey to attend Princeton University.

The billionaire founder of Amazon lived the last three decades in Seattle, the city ​​where he founded the tech giant in the '90s. "Seattle, you will always have a piece of my heart," Bezos wrote when announcing his move.

I’ve lived in Seattle longer than I’ve lived anywhere else and have so many amazing memories here. As exciting as the move is, it’s an emotional decision for me.

Bezos accompanied the news with a video of the garage of his parents' house where he set up the first Amazon office. Bezos, in his 30s in the video, shows the camera, operated by his father, the computer, the fax machine, the whiteboard and the few other items he used when he launched the e-commerce company—first, just for books.

"My parents have always been my biggest supporters," Bezos said before explaining that they were one of the reasons for his move: "I want to be close to my parents, and Lauren [Sánchez, his fiancée] and I love Miami."

In addition, Bezos explained that the operations of another of his business endeavors, aerospace company Blue Origin, are increasingly shifting to Cape Canaveral.


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A home for the world's third richest man

Bloomberg reported early last month that Bezos bought a seven-bedroom mansion for $79 million. Months before, he bought the house next door for $68 million.

Both are on Indian Creek, an exclusive private island in Biscayne Bay. The fame of its inhabitants, who include singer Julio Iglesias, quarterback Tom Brady, investor Carl Icahn and former presidential advisor Ivanka Trump, earned it the name "The Billionaire Bunker."

Although Bezos did not clarify where he will live, his recent real estate purchases lead to speculation that he will have Iglesias, Brady and Trump as his neighbors.