Emotional Jeff Bezos CRIES as he describes how his father fled to the US from Cuba at age 16 when Fidel Castro seized his family's business as he praises immigrants for having 'deep optimism and resilience'

  • The Amazon billionaire got emotional as he described his father Miguel last week
  • He told of him 'fighting for a better life' when he left Santiago due to Fidel Castro
  • Bezos opened up about his feelings at the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Awards
  • Miguel - who adopted Bezos when he married his mother Jackie - won the award

Jeff Bezos has teared up as he told how his father immigrated to the US from Cuba when he was 16.

The Amazon billionaire, 58, got emotional as he described Miguel 'fighting for a better life' when he left Santiago due to Fidel Castro seizing power.

He said he 'had those tough experiences', adding: 'I think in every immigrant you'll find a deep optimism and a deep resilience too.'

Bezos opened up about his feelings towards his father at the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Awards last week.

Miguel, who adopted Bezos as his own son when he married his mother Jackie, won the award for 'embodying the heart of the immigrant story'.

He moved to the US after Castro seized power in Cuba and nationalized his father's successful lumber mill business.

He went to college before working for Exxon and saving up enough cash to inject $245,573 into Amazon when Bezos was setting it up.

The Amazon billionaire, 58, got emotional as he described Miguel 'fighting for a better life' when he left Santiago due to Fidel Castro seizing power

The entrepreneur and his girlfriend met up with his parents Miguel and Jacklyn at a popular celebrity hangout in New York City earlier this month

Cuban refugee who adopted Jeff Bezos when he was a child... who is Miguel Bezos?

Jeff Bezos is the biological son of Jacklyn and Ted Jorgensen, but the pair split soon after he was born. Jacklyn then remarried with Miguel, who goes by Mike, in 1968.

Within months of the wedding, Mike legally adopted Bezos, who was then age four, and raised him as if he was his own son.

He had only moved to the US a few years earlier after Castro seized power in Cuba and nationalized his father's successful lumber mill business.

His biological father lost contact with the family, and only discovered the Amazon founder was his son after a reporter writing a biography on Bezos contacted him.

According to Page Six, the pair never reunited before Jorgensen died in 2015.

Shortly after getting married, Mike graduated in math and computer science from University of Albuquerque in New Mexico. He was offered a job with Exxon, and the family moved to Houston, Texas.

The family moved around with the company, and Bezos eventually went to Princeton where he graduated in 1986.

His supportive parents invested $245,573 in Amazon back in 1995 - despite Bezos warning them it was incredibly risky.

That stake, around 3.4 per cent of the company, could now be worth up to $30billion, although it is not known exactly how much they still own. 

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Bezos said last week: 'Every immigrant who has come to this country, they all have their own unique stories.

'Fighting for a better life, hardships but they also end up having a belief in America. They think this place creates opportunity and it does.

'That's certainly the story of my dad. He came from Santiago, Cuba. He was 16. He spoke no English, he had to make his way.

'He had those tough experiences. I think in every immigrant you'll find a deep optimism and a deep resilience too.

'My dad is an intense hard worker. My dad is warm and he teaches an easy smile. He adds he and his siblings could not 'have had a better role model.'

Miguel then took to the stage to accept the award and greet his son by kissing him on the lips.

Bezos is the biological son of Jacklyn and Ted Jorgensen, but the pair split soon after he was born. Jacklyn then remarried with Miguel, who goes by Mike, in 1968.

Within months of the wedding, Mike legally adopted Bezos, who was then age four, and raised him as if he was his own son.

When asked about his biological father in 1999, Bezos told Wired: 'The reality, as far as I'm concerned, is that my dad is my natural father.

'The only time I ever think about it, genuinely, is when a doctor asks me to fill out a form.'

His biological father lost contact with the family, and only discovered the Amazon founder was his son after a reporter writing a biography on Bezos contacted him.

According to Page Six, the pair never reunited before Jorgensen died in 2015.

Shortly after getting married, Mike graduated in math and computer science from University of Albuquerque in New Mexico. He was offered a job with Exxon, and the family moved to Houston, Texas.

The family moved around with the company, and Bezos eventually went to Princeton where he graduated in 1986.

His supportive parents invested $245,573 in Amazon back in 1995 - despite Bezos warning them it was incredibly risky.

Bezos said last week: 'Every immigrant who has come to this country, they all have their own unique stories'

Bezos opened up about his feelings towards his father at the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Awards last week

Bezos played a slideshow featuring pictures of his adoptive father as he grew up in Cuba

He moved to the US after Castro seized power in Cuba and nationalized his father's successful lumber mill business

Miguel and Jeff are pictured arriving at the Statue Of Liberty Museum Opening Celebration at Battery Park on May 15, 2019

That stake, around 3.4 per cent of the company, could now be worth up to $30billion, although it is not known exactly how much they still own.

Speaking of their investment in the past, Mike said: 'We were fortunate enough that we have lived overseas and we have saved a few pennies so we were able to be an angel investor. The rest is history.'

Bezos' biological father spoke out a year before he died begging his son to get in touch with him.

Jorgensen who owned a small biker repair shop in Arizona, admitted he set aside the notion Bezos would show some sign of welcoming his desire to reconnect with him.

He told MailOnline: 'I don't think he will come to me now. I haven't heard a word for him or had any sign that he wants to connect with me.

'I hoped with the publicity it might happen but I can't blame him. I guess I wasn't a very good father.'

Lauren Sanchez and Jeff Bezos attend the Robin Hood Benefit 2022 at Jacob Javits Center on May 9

Sanchez smiles at her billionaire husband and puts her arm across him at the event last week

Ted Jorgensen was revealed as Bezos's biological father in October 2013 and only learned the identity of the son when approached by a writer working on a biography

Jorgensen was revealed as Bezos's biological father in October 2013 and only learned the identity of the son when approached by a writer working on a biography.

Reporter Brad Stone, author of 'The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and Amazon,' tracked Mr Jorgensen down to a small bike repair shop in Glendale Arizona in 2012.

He was stunned to discover Mr Jorgensen had no idea who Bezos was or his intimate connection to him.

Jorgensen said: 'I'm anxious about it. I would like to connect with him. I'm not in great health.

'I don't plan on dying just yet but it does make me think, it plays a part in wanting to see him.

'I'm his biological father and I just want to shake his hand and tell him he's done well and be recognized as his father.'

'I would want that no matter what he turned out to be.' It is not clear if Bezos met his biological father again before he passed away.

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