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Amazon Co-Founder & Mother Joy Covey Dies In Bike Crash — So Sad

Fri, September 20, 2013 9:20am EDT by Kristine Kowalski 1 Comment
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So tragic! The former CFO died in a bike accident in San Mateo County, Calif. on Sept. 18. She leaves behind a young family — and a tremendous legacy.

Amazon’s first Chief Financial Officer, Joy Covey, 50, died in a tragic bicycling accident on Sept. 18 in California. In addition to making one of the web’s biggest sites go public, she was the mom of an 8-year-old boy, Tyler.

Joy Covey Dies At 50 — Amazon CFO Killed In Bike Crash

Joy “was reportedly struck while cycling on Skyline Boulevard in the mountains of San Mateo County,” reports Yahoo Finance.

Our thoughts are with Joy’s family and young son at this difficult time.

Joy Covey’s Extensive Legacy

Joy’s life was such an incredible success story. She dropped out of high school, but she eventually returned to school. She became a certified public accountant when she was just 19 years old, and managed to use her overwhelming intelligence to get herself into Harvard Business School, where she earned joint business and law degrees. She helped Amazon co-founder Jeff Bezos take the mega site public.

During the internet boom, Joy became one of the most influential businesswomen, even ranking at #28 on Fortune’s Most Powerful Women in Business list in 1999, when she was just in her 30s, reports Yahoo Finance.

“People don’t have any clue about what’s it like to grow that quickly in a world where no track has been laid,” Joy had said about her groundbreaking work, reports Business Week.

Joy retired from the company in 2000 to spend more time with her family.

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