An American story: The world’s richest man was raised by a Cuban refugee

With the creation and success of Amazon, Jeff Bezos has an amazing American story. But just as amazing is the American story of the man who raised him, Cuban refugee Miguel Angel Bezos.

Mamela Fiallo Flor in PanAm Post:

How a Cuban Refugee Raised the Wealthiest Man in the World

Miguel Ángel Bezos traveled to the US as a refugee, wearing a coat made of rags; now his son, the owner of Amazon, is worth 146 billion dollars.

He was 16 years old when he migrated alone to the United States, after the Cuban Communist regime expropriated his family’s wood factory. His story of overcoming adversity forged the necessary values ??for his son, Jeff Bezos, who has created the largest fortune in the world with his Seattle-based company, Amazon.

The political left commonly accuses the US of maintaining a “blockade” against Cuba. What they conveniently forget is that the embargo is a response to the massive expropriation of companies such as that owned by the Bezos family.

Before the revolution of 1959, Cuba was a prosperous country. Miguel Ángel Bezos, passed on to his son the work ethic he learned from his entrepreneur father, and today Jeff’s fortune is estimated at USD $146 billion, an amount unimaginable to the son of a man who came to the country as a refugee.

Miguel Ángel Bezos achieved that famous American dream where even the most destitute can create a fortune.

Bezos Sr. was part of the Peter Pan program, which – with the help of the Catholic Church – transported 14,000 children from Cuba to Miami when the massive expropriations of the regime began, and parents had fewer options to feed their children.

Each child could only carry 3 garments, so Miguel Angel’s mother wove a coat made with cleaning cloths. The family still keeps the garment as a souvenir.

“No one can take education away from you”

Now Miguel Ángel is the vice president of the Bezos Family Foundation, which invests in education and focuses on early stimulation.

As someone who was robbed of his worldly possessions and separated from his family by force, Bezos Sr. explains that “education can not be taken away from you.”

As an adoptive father, (he is not the biological father of Jeff Bezos), he explains that the most important thing for children is support. Not toys, not even the amount of time spent with them, but the quality. Let the children know that they can count on the parents.

Through the Vroom program, for example, they provide tools for parents so that they can stimulate their children.

In addition, they encourage the presence of parents at home, since the tools aim “to turn everyday moments into moments of mental development.”

In turn, it incorporates feedback from parents to strengthen the project, as well as the advice of early childhood experts, neuroscientists, and community leaders.

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