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While Amazon is spending $1bn buying back its own shares, company founder Jeff Bezos is selling some of his own.

Bezos sold $135m of shares recently, his first divestiture for four years, reports Barrons' Eric Savitz. Bezos still retains a stake worth $7.3bn, however. The disclosure was made in a recent SEC filing.

The buyback has been controversial, with shareholders suggesting the money might be better spent on acquisitions, or further reducing the retailers' debt. The company has liabilities of $3.7bn, and services an additional long term debt of $1.28bn.

Amazon reported a net income of $476m on sales of $14.8bn last year.

Blue Origin's Goddard

The sale leaves Bezos $135m richer to fulfill his Bond-style ambition of establishing a permanent space colony. So far, Bezos' Blue Origin project has got to within 240 feet of this lofty goal. ®

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