Birth Name: Jeffrey Preston Jorgensen
Place of Birth: Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.
Date of Birth: January 12, 1964
Ethnicity: Danish, along with Irish, German, English, 1/16th Swedish, distant Northern Irish, Scottish, Welsh, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish
Jeff Bezoz is an American technology and retail entrepreneur, philanthropist, investor, electrical engineer, and computer scientist. He is the founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of the world’s largest online shopping retailer, Amazon.com. He has been the world’s richest person.
He was Time Magazine’s Person of the Year for 1999.
Jeff is the son of Jacklyn (Gise) and Theodore John Jorgensen. His stepfather, Miguel “Mike” Bezos, is Cuban, and formally adopted Jeff. Jeff was raised in Houston, Texas. He has four children with his former wife, novelist MacKenzie (Tuttle) Bezos.
His maternal ancestors were settlers in Texas. Through his maternal grandmother, he is a second cousin, once removed, of country music singer George Strait. Jeff’s maternal great-great-grandparents, John Joseph Strait/Straight and Martha Eudora “Mattie” Kilgore, were also George’s paternal great-grandparents.
Jeff’s paternal grandfather was Theodore John “Ted” Jorgensen (the son of John Jørgensen and Ida Minnie Birn). Theodore was born in Illinois, to Danish parents. John was born on the island Samsø, Holbæk, Region Zealand, the son of Jørgen Søren Mortensen and Mette Marie Pedersdatter. Ida was born in Viborg Kommune, Viborg Kommune, Region Midtjylland, the daughter of Frederik Theodor August “Theodore” Birn and Ida Christine “Minnie” Andersdotter/Andersdottor, who was Swedish.
Jeff’s paternal grandmother was Dolores Pollock (the daughter of Henry Dwight Pollock and Lillian Margaret DeWall). Dolores was born in Iowa. Henry was the son of Irish parents, Arthur Pollock and Lydia Nagle, who was from Cork. Lillian was the daughter of Hie “Heide” DeWall, who was German, and of Lena Cathryn Wolpert.
Jeff’s maternal grandfather was Lawrence Preston Gise (the son of Lloyd Preston Gise and Rebecca Mabel/Mable Hall). Lawrence was born in Texas. Lloyd was the son of Daniel Kerlin Gise and Adeline/Adaline A. “Addie” Kearns. Rebecca was the daughter of Thomas King Hall and Henrietta Trammell.
Jeff’s maternal grandmother was Mattie Louise Strait/Straight (the daughter of Yancy/Yancey Clarence Straight/Strait and Marie A. Vesper). Mattie was born in Texas. Yancy was the son of John Joseph Straight/Strait and Martha Eudora “Mattie” Kilgore. Marie was the daughter of Bernhardt Vesper and Frances Louise Bitter, who both had German ancestry.
Jeff’s paternal grandfather, Theodore John “Ted” Jorgensen, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Jeff’s paternal grandmother, Dolores Pollock, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Genealogy of Jeff’s maternal great-grandfather, Lloyd Preston Gise – https://old.findagrave.com
Jeff’s maternal great-grandfather, Lloyd Preston Gise, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Genealogy of Jeff’s maternal grandmother, Mattie Louise Strait/Straight – https://old.findagrave.com
Genealogy of Jeff’s maternal grandmother, Mattie Louise Strait/Straight (focusing on her father’s side) – https://www.ancestry.ca
Genealogy of Jeff’s maternal great-grandfather, Yancy/Yancey Clarence Straight/Strait (focusing on his own father’s side) – https://www.geni.com