The Untold Story of How Jeff Bezos Beat the Tabloids

May 5, 2021, 8:01 AM

“Raise your hand if you think you’ve had a harder week than I’ve had.”

It was Feb. 14, 2019, in the early afternoon, and for perhaps the first time in the 25-year history of Amazon.com Inc., Jeff Bezos was prepared to explain himself to his employees.

Bezos was a master compartmentalizer; his ability to keep the intricate threads of his personal and professional lives separate was unrivaled. This talent had allowed him to build Amazon while also running a space company, Blue Origin LLC, and reviving the Washington Post—all while keeping his family life private. But those ...

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