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Jeff Bezos Touts Amazon Success, Customer Trust to Lawmakers

  • Antitrust hearing is Bezos’s first appearance before Congress
  • CEO’s testimony will emphasize personal story, startup risk
Jeff Bezos
Jeff BezosPhotographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Amazon.com Inc. Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos plans to tell U.S. lawmakers that his company is an American success story that achieved its position through risk-taking and a relentless focus on customers.

Bezos, the world’s richest person, will strike a patriotic and upbeat tone, according to his prepared testimony for Wednesday’s hearing by the House antitrust subcommittee on the market power of big technology firms. In his first appearance before Congress, Bezos will stray far from the subject matter of the committee’s work. He will again tell his personal story and that of his parents, including their decision to invest in what would become the world’s largest online retailer.