Jeff Bezos shared a special message with his mother from space during Tuesday morning’s successful Blue Origin flight.
The billionaire and his brother Mark scribbled “HI MOM” on their palms, waving them at the camera during the 11-minute journey.
When they landed back on Earth, Jeff got out of the New Sheppard pod and immediately ran to hug his mother Jacklyn, later giving her a Blue Origin feather necklace that he wore during the journey.
Jeff and Mark Bezos sent their mother a message from space on Tuesday morning aboard Blue Origin’s New Sheppard spacecraft.
The couple wrote ‘HI MOM’ on their palms waving at the camera during the flight
Bezos, who wore a cowboy hat, later gifted his mother Jacklyn a feather necklace that he wore into space
He had previously announced that the 600-foot vessel that would serve as a floating platform for his company’s 310-foot orbital-class New Glenn rocket would be named in her honor.
Jeff has always been close to this mom and says she inspired his success.
In 2017, he tweeted an old photo of him and his mom, noting that he “won the lottery with my mom” and thanking her for everything she’d done for him.
In late December, he announced on Instagram that the 600-foot ship that would serve as a floating platform for his company’s 310-foot orbital-class New Glenn rocket would be named Jacklyn in her honor.
The 57-year-old founder of Blue Origin wrote at the time: “New Glenn’s first leg comes home to the Jacklyn after each flight.
“It couldn’t be called better – Mom has always given us the best place and the best heart to come home to.”
The richest man in the world started relatively modestly.
His mother was only a teenager when she became pregnant with him and raised him as a single mother on less than $200 a month.
But she was determined to support her son, who would later found Amazon.
Jacklyn Bezos had Jeff when she was just 17 and a junior in high school. They can be seen here at Amazon’s Emmy Celebration at the Sunset Tower Hotel in September 2016
Jacklyn met Mike Bezos while attending night classes, and they married in 1968. Jeff now considers Mike his father, and he and his parents were seen together at the Smithsonian Magazine’s 2016 American Ingenuity Awards.
In 2017, Bezos tweeted his appreciation for his mother, Jacklyn, and thanked her for all she had done for him
Jacklyn had Jeff when she was just 17 and a junior at a high school in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1964.
In a 2019 launch speech at Cambridge College, she revealed she had to fight to continue her education and they imposed humiliating restrictions — banning her from talking to other students or eating in the cafeteria or walking across the stage to to get her degree upon graduation.
Growing up, Jeff was a divorced single mother and survived with a secretarial job of $190 a month – the equivalent of $1,529 in 2019.
Soon, she said, she could afford an apartment for her and her young son, but she didn’t have enough money for a phone to keep in touch with her parents, so they gave her a walkie-talkie and told her to check every day to 7 hours.
Determined to continue with her education, Jacklyn enrolled in night school and specifically chose classes where the professor would have her take Jeff to class.
“I was coming with a baby and two duffel bags,” she said. “One full of my textbooks, the other full of diapers, cloth diapers, bottles… And the second duffel bag would hold things that would keep Jeff interesting for a few minutes.”
She met Mike Bezos in one of those classes, she said, and the two married in 1968. To this day, Jeff says, he considers Mike his father.
Soon Jacklyn said in her speech, according to: CNBC, the family had to move for Mike’s job and her “dream of college was shelved.”
She eventually said she started to get jealous of her kids when they went to college, but eventually, at age 40, she graduated from Saints Elizabeth’s College herself.
Bezos tweeted the speech shortly after her opening address, writing: “My mother’s incredible story. Wow. Very grateful. So proud.’