Ecuador's Navy airlifted Amazon founder and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos from a cruise ship in the Galápagos Islands so he could make an emergency trip to receive medical treatment in the U.S. for a kidney stone.
CNBC first alerted us to local media reports saying Bezos suffered a kidney stone attack on New Year's Day. Bezos was flown from a cruise near Santa Cruz Island to Baltra Island, where his private jet was located. Bezos was vacationing in the area on a cruise ship. On Saturday, the Ecudorian Navy confirmed airlifting Bezos from the cruise to his private jet so he could return to the U.S. for emergency surgery.
[Update, 6:36 p.m. Bezos gave his official vacation review to Business Insider: "Galapagos: five stars. Kidney stones: zero stars," he said, through a spokesperson. (Bezos invests in Business Insider.)] Bezos has had to answer for his professional problems recently, not of his personal ones. Amazon's drone announcement on CBS' 60 Minutes drew criticism for its glaringly advertorial bent towards the future of retail. The day after Bezos was airlifted to the U.S., news broke that the Post's popular Wonkblog creator, Ezra Klein, may leave the newspaper.
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