Jeff Bezos jets off to Cabo with girlfriend Lauren Sanchez for Valentine’s Day

Jeff Bezos has been spotted landing in Cabo San Lucas with girlfriend Lauren Sanchez for a romantic Valentine’s getaway following his announcement that he would step down as the CEO of Amazon. 

Bezos, 57, and Sanchez, 51, arrived at the luxurious Mexican vacation spot in a private jet on Friday, and were quickly whisked away by a waiting limousine to begin their weekend retreat.

It was the first time the lovebirds had been spotted together since Bezos announced on February 2 that he would hand over the day-to-day management of Amazon to longtime company executive Andy Jassy by the end of this year.

Bezos will remain in the powerful role of executive chairman — but the move should free up more time for his pursuit of space flight with Blue Origin, as well as intimate getaways with his lover Sanchez.

On Friday, Bezos, Sanchez and their entourage were all wearing face masks as they disembarked the private jet in Cabo.

Jeff Bezos has been spotted landing in Cabo San Lucas with girlfriend Lauren Sanchez (far left)  for a romantic Valentine's getaway following his announcement that he would step down as the CEO of Amazon. The pair are pictured arriving with their entourage on Friday evening

Jeff Bezos has been spotted landing in Cabo San Lucas with girlfriend Lauren Sanchez (far left)  for a romantic Valentine’s getaway following his announcement that he would step down as the CEO of Amazon. The pair are pictured arriving with their entourage on Friday evening 

It was the first time Bezos and Sanchez have been spotted together since Bezos announced on February 2 that he would hand over the day-to-day management of Amazon to longtime company executive Andy Jassy by the end of this year. He is pictured with an assistant

It was the first time Bezos and Sanchez have been spotted together since Bezos announced on February 2 that he would hand over the day-to-day management of Amazon to longtime company executive Andy Jassy by the end of this year. He is pictured with an assistant 

Bezos cut a casual figure in tight-fitting blue jeans and a black jacket as he walked to an awaiting car

The Amazon CEO stunned the business world when he announced his plans to step down earlier this month

Bezos cut a casual figure in tight-fitting blue jeans and a black jacket as he walked to an awaiting car

The U.S. and Mexico currently have an agreement in place restricting non-essential travel between the two countries along the land border due to the coronavirus pandemic.

However commercial flights to Mexico are still operating and tourists have continued to visit, despite the CDC rating Mexico in its highest pandemic risk category.

Bezos cut a casual figure in tight-fitting blue jeans and a black jacket as he walked to an awaiting car. 

Meanwhile, Sanchez looked ready to soak up the sun as she clutched onto a large straw hat. 

The couple confirmed their romance in January 2019, making this Valentine’s Day their third together.  

Later this year, Bezos will move to the role of Executive Chair where he says he wants to focus on 'new products and initiatives'

Later this year, Bezos will move to the role of Executive Chair where he says he wants to focus on ‘new products and initiatives’

Bezos and Sanchez are pictured in January last year. The lovebvirds are spending Valentine's Day in Mexico

Bezos and Sanchez are pictured in January last year. The lovebvirds are spending Valentine’s Day in Mexico  

Bezos stunned the business world when he announced his plans to step down earlier this month.  

He revealed his plans in a letter to his 1.3 million Amazon employees, insisting he wasn’t retiring but wants to focus on his ‘passions’ including his space and climate change ventures. 

Bezos will move to the role of Executive Chair where he says he wants to focus on ‘new products and initiatives’.

He didn’t explain the timing for the announcement, but it comes as he faces increased scrutiny from Washington over Amazon’s business practices. 

The retail giant has been plagued by antitrust investigations, calls for stricter sanctions and cutting questions over its treatment of its workforce amid the pandemic.

Bezos himself was hauled before Congress in July to answer to accusations that Amazon, along with other big tech firms, was using their position to crush competition. 

JEFF BEZOS FULL EMAIL TO STAFF

Fellow Amazonians:

I’m excited to announce that this Q3 I’ll transition to Executive Chair of the Amazon Board and Andy Jassy will become CEO. In the Exec Chair role, I intend to focus my energies and attention on new products and early initiatives. Andy is well known inside the company and has been at Amazon almost as long as I have. He will be an outstanding leader, and he has my full confidence.

This journey began some 27 years ago. Amazon was only an idea, and it had no name. The question I was asked most frequently at that time was, ‘What’s the internet?’ Blessedly, I haven’t had to explain that in a long while.

Today, we employ 1.3 million talented, dedicated people, serve hundreds of millions of customers and businesses, and are widely recognized as one of the most successful companies in the world.

How did that happen? Invention. Invention is the root of our success. We’ve done crazy things together, and then made them normal. We pioneered customer reviews, 1-Click, personalized recommendations, Prime’s insanely-fast shipping, Just Walk Out shopping, the Climate Pledge, Kindle, Alexa, marketplace, infrastructure cloud computing, Career Choice, and much more. If you get it right, a few years after a surprising invention, the new thing has become normal. People yawn. And that yawn is the greatest compliment an inventor can receive.

I don’t know of another company with an invention track record as good as Amazon’s, and I believe we are at our most inventive right now. I hope you are as proud of our inventiveness as I am. I think you should be.

As Amazon became large, we decided to use our scale and scope to lead on important social issues. Two high-impact examples: our $15 minimum wage and the Climate Pledge. In both cases, we staked out leadership positions and then asked others to come along with us. In both cases, it’s working. Other large companies are coming our way. I hope you’re proud of that as well.

I find my work meaningful and fun. I get to work with the smartest, most talented, most ingenious teammates. When times have been good, you’ve been humble. When times have been tough, you’ve been strong and supportive, and we’ve made each other laugh. It is a joy to work on this team.

As much as I still tap dance into the office, I’m excited about this transition. Millions of customers depend on us for our services, and more than a million employees depend on us for their livelihoods. Being the CEO of Amazon is a deep responsibility, and it’s consuming. When you have a responsibility like that, it’s hard to put attention on anything else. As Exec Chair I will stay engaged in important Amazon initiatives but also have the time and energy I need to focus on the Day 1 Fund, the Bezos Earth Fund, Blue Origin, The Washington Post, and my other passions. I’ve never had more energy, and this isn’t about retiring. I’m super passionate about the impact I think these organizations can have.

Amazon couldn’t be better positioned for the future. We are firing on all cylinders, just as the world needs us to. We have things in the pipeline that will continue to astonish. We serve individuals and enterprises, and we’ve pioneered two complete industries and a whole new class of devices. We are leaders in areas as varied as machine learning and logistics, and if an Amazonian’s idea requires yet another new institutional skill, we’re flexible enough and patient enough to learn it.

Keep inventing, and don’t despair when at first the idea looks crazy. Remember to wander. Let curiosity be your compass. It remains Day 1.

Jeff 

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Bezos founded Amazon in 1994 on a road trip with his ex-wife MacKenzie. It made him the richest man in the world with a net worth of $188billion. 

He and Elon Musk trade the title depending on their respective companies’ success in the markets.

Earlier this month, Bezos topped the 2020 list of ultrawealthy donors to charity by giving $10billion of his massive $192billion net worth to his own earth fund. 

The announcement was made in the Chronicle of Philanthropy’s annual rankings of the 50 Americans who gave the most to charity last year.

His donation of $10billion launched the Bezos Earth Fund. Bezos, who last week announced he was stepping down as Amazon CEO to devote more time to philanthropy and other projects, also contributed $100million to Feeding America, the organization that supplies more than 200 food banks.

Coming in at No. 2 on the list was Bezos’s ex-wife, MacKenzie Scott, who gave $5.7billion in 2020.

Scott, who has a net worth of $58.3billion, asked community leaders to help identify 512 organizations for seven- and eight-figure gifts, including food banks, human-service organizations, racial-justice charities and historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).

MacKenzie was awarded about 4 percent of Amazon in her divorce in 2019. She is said to have played a significant role in starting Amazon, even negotiating its first freight contracts. 

Jeff Bezos with his girlfriend and Michael's sister, Lauren Sanchez

The couple confirmed their romance in January 2019, making this Valentine’s Day their third together.

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