Did you know that George Strait‘s cousin is WAY wealthier than the very successful ‘King of Country?’ George’s kin also attended Princeton and founded a very familiar online shopping retailer in 1994…
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If you guessed Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, then you are 100 percent correct! The entrepreneur was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to Jacklyn Gise Jorgensen and Ted Jorgensen. After Jeff’s parents divorced, Jacklyn married Miguel Bezos the family moved to Houston, Texas. Miguel adopted Jeff and his surname was changed to Bezos.
So how are George, 65, and Jeff, 54, genetically linked? Well, Jeff’s maternal grandmother is Mattie Louise Gise (maiden name Strait). In his youth, Bezos spent plenty of time assisting his maternal grandfather Lawrence Preston Gise on the family’s expansive ranch in Cotulla, Texas.Fast forward to present day and Jeff Bezos is now worth an estimated $114.2 billion dollars, making him the richest individual in the world. While Jeff is a well-known technology entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist— George Strait has certainly earned his own status as a legend.
The Texan currently holds the record for most number one albums and singles, gold albums, platinum albums, and multi-platinum in the history of country music. Strait is also the only artist in all musical genres to have a top ten hit every year for three decades. Overall, the ‘King’ has sold over 70 million albums during his career. In March, George accepted the 2018 ‘Texan of the Year’ honor.
The country icon’s Strait To Vegas series also recently added two more performances, which will be held on December 7th and 8th. Performing alongside Strait are fellow Texans, Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen. The three artists shared the stage just this past year during George’s Hand in Hand Texas: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief, which raised tens of millions of dollars for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.
Although they share common ancestors, neither Jeff nor George have publicly commented on their surprising family ties. Imagine the level of that family reunion if it ever occurs!
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