Skip to main content
Tags: jeffbezos | spaceflight | blueorigin | amazon

Bezos Ripped for Thanking Amazon Employees and Customers for Spaceflight

Bezos Ripped for Thanking Amazon Employees and Customers for Spaceflight
Jeff Bezos walks near Blue Origin’s New Shepard after flying into space on July 20, 2021 in Van Horn, Texas. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 20 July 2021 08:05 PM EDT

The world’s richest man, Jeff Bezos, thanked his employees and customers Tuesday for subsidizing his Blue Origin spaceflight. 

Bezos and three others, younger brother Mark Bezos, 82-year-old aviation pioneer Mary Wallace "Wally" Funk and Dutch teenager Oliver Daemen, spent 11 minutes inside a capsule after blasting off from Van Horn County, Texas, desert. The “New Shepard” capsule, named for the first American in space Alan Shepard, took off on the 52nd anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing and reached an altitude of 66 miles. 

Upon returning to earth, Bezos said, “[I] want to thank every Amazon employee and every Amazon customer because you guys paid for all this. So seriously, for every Amazon customer out there, and every Amazon employee, thank you from the bottom of my heart, very much. It’s very appreciated.”

Bezos was ripped by critics for his thanking customers for subsidizing the reported $5.5 billion cost of the flight. 

Journalist David Choi retweeted video of Bezos’ comments, adding “I’d like a refund.”

Senator Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., tweeted that Bezos “forgot to thank all the hardworking Americans who actually paid taxes to keep this country running while he and Amazon paid nothing,” and called for a wealth tax.

Assistant House Speaker Katherine Clark, also a Massachusetts Democrat, said that “[Y]ou don’t have to be a rocket scientist to know it’s time for billionaires to pay their fair share.”

© 2024 Newsmax. All rights reserved.


US
The world's richest man, Jeff Bezos, thanked his employees and customers Tuesday for subsidizing his Blue Origin spaceflight....
jeffbezos, spaceflight, blueorigin, amazon
233
2021-05-20
Tuesday, 20 July 2021 08:05 PM
Newsmax Media, Inc.

Sign up for Newsmax’s Daily Newsletter

Receive breaking news and original analysis - sent right to your inbox.

(Optional for Local News)
Privacy: We never share your email address.
Join the Newsmax Community
Read and Post Comments
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
 
TOP

Interest-Based Advertising | Do not sell or share my personal information

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved
Download the NewsmaxTV App
Get the NewsmaxTV App for iOS Get the NewsmaxTV App for Android Scan QR code to get the NewsmaxTV App
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved