Jeffrey Preston Bezos: 1999 PERSON OF THE YEAR

The fast-moving Internet economy has a jungle of competitors... ...and here's the king

It's one of those perfect autumn nights that make Manhattan seem magical. There is not a cloud in the sky, and looking up from the streets, you can see stars. On the avenues, white lights speckle the trees. There is a chill in the air--just enough to ice the occasional breath--and the urgent roar of the city is a reminder that New York at this moment may be the Rome of the modern world. The NASDAQ is at a record high. Again. New companies are being born. It is a perfect night for a launch party.

This year it has...

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