The founder of the biggest online retailer was airlifted on Jan. 1 by an Ecuadorian Navy helicopter because of a medical emergency caused by kidney stones, according to Drew Herdener, a spokesman for the Seattle-based company. Bezos was on a cruise of the Pacific Ocean archipelago.
The CEO, who will turn 50 this month, had “a good outcome,” Herdener wrote in an e-mailed statement. “No surgery was required.”
Bezos, who is also the new owner of the Washington Post newspaper, is No. 13 on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, a ranking of the world’s wealthiest people, with an estimated net worth of $35.8 billion.
“Galapagos: five stars. Kidney stones: zero stars,” Bezos wrote in an e-mail after he left the islands, Herdner said.