Last fall, Bill Gates collected $10 million from his friends to push through approval of a referendum to permit privately managed charter schools in Washington State, which voters had turned down three times previously. Among the friends of Bill Gates who helped make charters possible was the Bezos family, the parents of Jeff Bezos.
Jeff Bezos is the founder of amazon.com. He is a billionaire many times over, one of the richest men on the planet.
On Monday, he bought the Washington Post.
An article in the Washington Post describes his interest in education.
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