© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Amazon founder, CEO, and president Jeff Bezos introduces his space company Blue Origin’s space exploration lunar landing rocket named Blue Moon during an unveiling event in Washington, USA, on September 9. May 2019. REUTERS / Clodagh Kilcoyne
By Jeffrey Dastin
(Reuters) – Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson said it was time to get the tequila out.
Standing by the seashore, the famous wrestler and movie star put his arm around Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon.com Inc (NASDAQ :). Bezos, wearing sunglasses, smiled for a photo and then shared it on the ‘gram’. The men had just announced a film deal for Amazon Studios.
Bezos, 57, will step down as CEO of Amazon on Monday. He will remain CEO and the largest shareholder of the company, but his Instagram account shows that he has many other interests in which to occupy his time.
The sci-fi fan is planning a fun trip to suborbital space with his best friend and brother, Mark, this month, a recent post said. In another, Bezos is behind the wheel of an electric van built by Rivian, an Amazon-funded startup, driving across the desert in a cowboy hat to watch a rocket capsule land.
The last frontier has long drawn Bezos, who has invested billions of dollars in his company Blue Origin to promote tourism and infrastructure in space. The company’s first crewed flight will embark on July 20, less than two weeks after Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic to begin a new era of travel beyond Earth.
Bezos leaves Amazon’s former cloud computing chief Andy Jassy to run a company that is bigger and more valuable than ever. It’s unclear how Bezos will rule from the sidelines.
Bezos, a hedge fund executive turned garage entrepreneur, long defined Amazon’s culture, through business adages such as “customer obsession” and “have a backbone; disagree and compromise,” as well as short emails to your team with just a question mark https: // www.reuters.com/article/us-amazon-com-bezos/with-bezos-out-as-amazon-ceo-is-this-the- end-of-his-ominous-question-mark-emails-idUSKBN2A32Z8.
Neither Amazon nor Bezos responded to a request for comment.
Bezos said in an April letter to investors that he would focus on new initiatives as CEO and making Amazon a better place to work. That followed employee frustration that arose during a failed organizing drive in Alabama.
However, her Instagram highlights her interest in Tinsel Town. Bezos posted about the Oscars and Golden Globes for Amazon Studios, and during his last annual meeting as CEO, he spoke about reimagining screen heroes for the 21st century through Amazon’s deal to buy MGM.
(Not listed on his Instagram is a yacht, longer than a football field, that Bezos supposedly owns and that will come with a support yacht and helipad once it’s built, according to Bloomberg News. His partner, Lauren Sánchez, He is a helicopter pilot.)
Bezos has also met with public officials to draw attention to his philanthropy. He discussed his climate efforts with French President Emmanuel Macron and gave Washington Governor Jay Inslee a tour of a homeless shelter, his posts show.
He’s also had fun with music stars Katy Perry, Lil Nas X, and Lizzo.
He posted from the Super Bowl in 2020, “I just had a DNA test, it turns out I’m 100% the biggest fan of @ lizzobeeating.”