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Jeff Bezos on the best gift he’s ever received

Nancy Farghalli Dec 8, 2014
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Ten years ago, we started calling up big names in business and culture and asking them, “What was the best gift you’ve received?”

In honor of Marketplace’s 25th anniversary and the holiday season, we’ve pulled the “Best Gift Ever” series out of our archives. Here’s the answer we got from Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, which originally aired in December 2004:

The best gift I ever received was all the construction toys that my grandfather gave me over the years when I was a little kid. You know, Lincoln Logs, Erector Sets, Legos. 

Every year I’d get a new construction toy of some kind. And then building things is something that has served me well all throughout the years. 

In fact, I love construction toys to this day, and I love them so much that for my fifth wedding anniversary, my wife gave me a huge, 5-foot-tall tool chest filled to the brim with Legos.


You can give Marketplace the best gift ever by making a donation and helping us reach our goal of 2,500 donors by December 31! Your support makes a difference, and right now it counts twice thanks to a dollar-for-dollar match from the Kendeda Fund. Cheers to another 25 great years!

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