Jeff Bezos To Be Honored In Beverly Hills By Aviation Group
Posted Friday, January 18, 2019 - 9:55 am
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos will be honored in Beverly Hills Friday evening by an aviation group for advancing the principles of freedom in his many business and personal endeavors, organizers said.
Bezos will receive the inaugural “Jeff Bezos Freedom’s Wings Award,” from Tom Enders, the CEO of the aerospace firm Airbus at the 16th annual “Living Legends of Aviation Awards” at The Beverly Hilton.
“The Living Legends of Aviation live by the mantra `Free to Fly on Freedom’s Wings,'” said Steven Udvar-Hazy, a founder of the organization and executive chairman of the board of the aircraft leasing company Air Lease Corp.
“We are passionate about freedom in the many roles it takes, particularly around flight. This mantra is the inspiration behind our organization’s newest and most important award.”
Bezos will select the award’s recipient in future years from nominees offered by the legends and The Washington Post, which Bezos owns.
Bezos is the founder, CEO, chairman of the board and president of the technology company Amazon and founder of the aerospace company Blue Origin. He is the richest person in the world with a net worth of $139.8 billion, according to the business magazine Forbes.
The ceremony will be hosted by Emmy-winning actor John Travolta, who will present the “Safest, Longest Continuous Operating Airline Award,” to the Australian airline Qantas, which will be accepted by Leigh Clifford, who resigned as its chairman last year.
Oscar-nominated actor Harrison Ford, a pilot, will also present an award.
The Living Legends of Aviation was founded on Dec. 17, 2003, the 100th anniversary of the first powered flight by Orville and Wilbur Wright to celebrate aviation’s second hundred years. The group bills itself as including entrepreneurs, industry leaders, astronauts “and pilots who have become celebrities and celebrities who have become pilots.”