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August 07 2013

A Mogul Gets a Landmark in the Capital -

A Mogul Gets a Landmark in the Capital -

“It’s an old boring story — rich man buys a newspaper — but in this instance it’s one of the richest men ever buying one of the most important newspapers ever, which is the one our government leaders read first thing every morning,” said Dennis Johnson, the co-founder of Melville House, a well-regarded small publisher. “This is the capper in the development of one of the most powerful vertical monopolies in our history, which is also one of the most controlling in matters of cultural concern.”

Mr. Bezos was a tinkerer from an early age. After Princeton, he went to Wall Street, ending up at D. E. Shaw & Company, a hedge fund.


Mr. Bezos has also mostly shunned the political spotlight, as well. His political contributions have gone mostly to Amazon’s corporate PAC, which divides its campaign checks relatively evenly between Democratic and Republican candidates. The stepson of a Cuban immigrant, Mr. Bezos has stayed out of the immigration debate that has attracted so many luminaries from the technology business.


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