Jeff Bezos shared a special message to his mother from space during Tuesday morning’s successful Blue Origin flight.
The billionaire and his brother Mark scrawled ‘HI MOM’ across their palms, which they waved at the camera during the 11 minute voyage.
When they landed back on Earth, Jeff stepped out of the New Sheppard capsule and immediately ran to hug his mother Jacklyn, later gifting her with a Blue Origin feather necklace he wore during the journey.
Jeff and Mark Bezos sent their mother a message from space on board Blue Origin’s New Sheppard space craft Tuesday morning
The pair wrote ‘HI MOM’ across their palms which they waved at the camera during the flight
Bezos, wearing a cowboy hat, later gifted his mother Jacklyn a feather necklace he wore in space
He had previously announced that the 600-foot ship that would act 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 with this mother and says she inspired his success.
In 2017, he tweeted an old photo of him and his mom, noting that he had ‘won the lottery with my mom,’ and thanking her for everything she had done for him.
In late December, he announced on Instagram the 600-foot ship that would act 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 Blue Origin founder wrote at the time: ‘New Glenn’s first stage will come home to the Jacklyn after every flight.
‘It couldn’t be more appropriately named – Mom has always given us the best place and the best heart to come home to.’
The world’s richest man came from relatively humble beginnings.
His mom was just 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 go on to found Amazon.
Jacklyn Bezos had Jeff when she was barely 17 and a junior in high school. They are seen here at the Amazon’s Emmy Celebration at the Sunset Tower Hotel in September 2016
Jacklyn met Mike Bezos while attending night classes, and they were 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, thanking her for everything she had done for him
Jacklyn had Jeff when she was barely 17 and a junior at a high school in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1964.
In a 2019 commencement address at Cambridge College, she revealed she had to fight to continue her education and they imposed humiliating restrictions on – banning her from speaking to other students or eat in the cafeteria or walk across the stage to get her diploma at her graduation.
When Jeff was growing up, she was a divorced single mom, surviving on a $190-a-month secretarial job – the equivalent of $1,529 in 2019.
Soon, she said, she was able to afford an apartment for her and her young son, but she did not 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 in every day at 7am.
Determined to continue with her education, Jacklyn then enrolled in night school and specifically chose classes where the professor would let her bring Jeff to class.
‘I would show up with an infant and two duffel bags,’ she recounted. ‘One full of my textbooks, and the other full of diapers, cloth diapers, bottles… And the second duffel bag would have items that might keep Jeff interested for a few minutes.’
She met Mike Bezos in one of those classes, she said, and the two were married in 1968. To this day, Jeff says, he considers Mike his father.
Soon though, Jacklyn said in her speech, according to CNBC, the family had to move for Mike’s job and her ‘dream of graduating from college was put on hold.’
Eventually, she said she began to envy her children when they went away to college, but finally, at the age of 40, she, herself, graduated from the college of Saints Elizabeth.
Bezos tweeted the speech soon after her commencement address, writing: ‘My mom’s incredible story. Wow. So grateful. So proud.’