Since creating his online bookseller in 1994, Amazon's founder and chief executive has turned the company into the biggest retailer on the Web, with annual sales of more than $48 billion. In 2007, Bezos introduced the Kindle electronic book reader. It's now Amazon's top-selling item. The company is also a leading provider of cloud computer services.
Jeff Bezos is channeling Steve Jobs. It’s mid-September and the wiry billionaire founder of Amazon.com Inc. is at his brand new corporate headquarters in Seattle, in a building named “Day One South” after his conviction that 17-year-old Amazon is still in its infancy.
Don Graham, chairman of Washington Post Co., agreed to an in-person interview at the Washington Post’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. He discussed how the Graham family decided on the Post’s sale to Jeff Bezos, the founder and chief executive officer of Amazon.con Inc. and the billionaire’s vision for the future of the newspaper. This is an edited transcript of the questions and his replies.