Bezos Expeditions has made a total of 118 investments including both for-profit and philanthropic investments since its establishment. Some of its most notable ones include
Airbnb: Bezos’ family office invested an undisclosed amount in the company during its Series B round in 2011. The Airbnb IPO in December 2020 was one of the biggest of the year with its share prices more than doubling within the second day. It is unknown Bezos still owns his stakes in the company.
Twitter: Bezos Expeditions made a US $15 mn investment in the social media giant in 2008, even before it became a publicly listed company.
Plenty: The family office participated in the Series B round for the vertical farming startup which raised over US$200 mn for the company.
Unity Biotechnology: Bezos’ family office participated in the Series B funding for the startup which focuses on slowing the effects of age-related comorbidities in 2016.
Uber: Before its successful IPO in 2019, the family office invested US$37 mn in the company during its Series B funding round in 2011. As of 2021, Uber is valued at US$93 billion.
Museum of History and Industry: Bezos donated a whopping US$10 mn to the Seattle-based museum in 2011 to establish a “Center for Innovation” at its new building.
Princeton University: The alumni donated US$15 mn to the university to establish a Center for Neural Circuit Dynamic focused on the research of neurological disorders.
Recently, Bezos Expeditions has shown a keen interest in expanding into the South-East Asian E-Commerce industry. In fact, in October 2021, the firm, along with Northstar Group, AC Ventures, Prosus Ventures, B-Capital, Tencent, and Citius participated in a US$87mn Series B funding round for Ula, a wholesale eCommerce platform that provides services for small businesses to expand their consumer base.
On July 21 2022, Amazon acquired One Medical, a Seattle-based technology-powered primary healthcare provider. According to the terms of the deal, Amazon would pay $18 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at $3.9 billion, including the company’s net debt. This deal reinforces the eCommerce giant’s expansion goals into the tech-based and digital healthcare market.