Jeff Bezos, owner of The Washington Post, suffered kidney stones while in the Galapagos Islands. (Nikki Kahn/The Washington Post)
Amazon.com founder and Washington Post owner Jeffrey P. Bezos was feeling well Sunday after suffering a kidney stone while vacationing in the Galapagos Islands over the New Year’s holiday, a spokesman said.
“Jeff got a good outcome,” Amazon.com spokesman Drew Herdener said in an e-mail. “No surgery was required, and he’s feeling well.”
The Ecuadoran navy flew Bezos by helicopter from Academy Bay on Santa Cruz Island to his private jet on Baltra Island on New Year’s Day after he became ill.
Bezos, who bought The Post from the Graham family for $250 million in October, was flown aboard his jet to the United States for emergency treatment.
Thomas Heath is a local business reporter and columnist, writing about entrepreneurs and various companies big and small in the Washington Metropolitan area. Previously, he wrote about the business of sports for The Post’s sports section for most of a decade. He has also covered local news, including the Maryland General Assembly and investigative work in Fairfax county. He has served as a correspondent for Newsweek and The Post, participating in coverage of the Oklahoma City bombing, the Unabomber and the O.J. Simpson trial. Heath was born and raised in Syracuse, N.Y., where he attended Catholic schools. He is a graduate of Fordham University and was a 2001-2002 fellow at Columbia University’s Knight/Bagehot business fellowship program.