How did you spend your New Year’s Day? I’d bet that you had a better experience than Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. Actually, Bezos is having a pretty rough start to the year 2014. On January 1st, as he was aboard a cruise ship vacationing in the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador, he began to have some sharp pains. To make a long story short, these pains happened to be the result of kidney stones. Since there’s not much a cruise ship’s crew can do for passengers with kidney stones in the middle of the ocean, Bezos had to be flown by a helicopter to his personal aircraft. He was then taken to the US for surgery to remove the kidney stones. Bezos literally got the royal treatment, as it was the Ecuadorian Navy that rescued him from the ship. It’s no fun being on a trip and getting sick, but being the founder of Amazon.com sure seems to have its perks. How many people regularly get rescued from cruise ships when they don’t feel well?
Here’s To Hoping For A Better 2014
Jeff Bezos is a fairly busy guy. As already mentioned, he is the CEO of Amazon – and he recently became the owner of the Washington Post. He also helped found a space exploration company. Forbes estimates that Bezos is worth $27.2 billion, so I guess the costs for all of the private airfare are just another drop in the bucket for him. Bezos also recently made the news when he spoke of the possibility of Amazon delivering packages with drones in the coming years.
I’m glad everything worked out for Bezos, as I’ve heard that kidney stones are brutal – I’d sure want to be rescued as well. Maybe his next project could be something relating to helping cruise ship passengers with kidney stones.