The location of Amazon’s new headquarters has been a hot topic in Texas as of late, with Dallas and Austin both on the short list of candidate cities. But there’s another more important Amazon-Texas connection, possibly the most important Texas connection anyone could have. Amazon founder, chairman and CEO Jeff Bezos is related to none other than King George Strait.
According to a 1999 article in the Dallas News, Bezos’ grandmother and Strait are related, making Strait and Bezos cousins. As the Austin American Statesmen recently reported, the two are related through Bezos’ maternal grandmother Mattie Louise Gise (née Strait).
Bezos was born in Albuquerque, N.M., but his family moved to Houston when he was just a baby. He grew up spending summers on his grandfather’s cattle ranch in Cotulla, Texas. There’s no word on whether Bezos ever had much contact with his country music cousin, who grew up just 30 minutes away from Cotulla, in Pearsall, Texas.
Surprisingly, neither of the men have ever publicly commented on one another’s careers. If you were related to George Strait, wouldn’t you tell everyone?