Seeing news of Amazon’s Trekkie-themed corporate meeting is a reminder that CEO Jeff Bezos created an entity called Zefram LLC for his under-the-radar wealth management dealings, including the stealth acquisition of 165,000 acres in Texas for Bezos’ space venture, Blue Origin.
The Star Trek connection? Zefram Cochrane, of course, is the scientist whose ship, the Phoenix, becomes the first to break the warp barrier in 2063, leading to first contact with the Vulcans.
Bezos himself isn’t quite up to warp speed, but he’s not doing badly.
A quick search indicates that he and Zefram LLC also manage Poplar Glen LLC, the owner of record of a Dassault Falcon 900EX, a French-built corporate jet that’s also a favorite of the Italian Air Force and other military operators. Wikipedia pegs the price of a used Falcon 900 at $18,000,000-$40,000,000. (Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk took heat for using his Falcon 900 to commute to Washington DC to lobby for DOE loans.)
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