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Jeff Bezos Leaves Amazon for the Final Frontier

The founder moved on to new pursuits as the world and his successor reckon with what’s next.

Bezos after returning from space on July 20, 2021, in Van Horn, Texas.

Bezos after returning from space on July 20, 2021, in Van Horn, Texas.

Photographer: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

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It was the end of an era. Jeff Bezos announced he was leaving the chief executive officer role at Amazon.com Inc. and becoming executive chairman. But as one epic business story was ending, another was beginning. His handpicked successor, Andy Jassy, would have to defuse the company’s mounting confrontations with regulators and employees, including a rising labor union at a Staten Island, New York, warehouse.