Comments on: Jeff Bezos is secure http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/04/29/jeff-bezos-is-secure/ A slice of lime in the soda Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:05:02 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: selflessservice http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/04/29/jeff-bezos-is-secure/comment-page-1/#comment-40254 Sat, 16 Jun 2012 22:59:07 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=8070#comment-40254 Does anyone know the security company that provides services for Mr. Bezo? i am a Executive Protection agent moving to the seattle area and am looking for employment. Any info would be greatly appreciated

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By: getbach http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/04/29/jeff-bezos-is-secure/comment-page-1/#comment-35300 Tue, 24 Jan 2012 22:04:33 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=8070#comment-35300 The need for security in his case (and in his own paranoid mind) is probably more related to his making enemies of so many business partners. From individual sellers of their cd collections to big time publishing companies, Bezos has shown himself to be greedy and megalomaniacal. Surprised this article didn’t mention this well known fact.

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By: ChrisMaresca http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/04/29/jeff-bezos-is-secure/comment-page-1/#comment-26195 Tue, 03 May 2011 16:34:04 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=8070#comment-26195 I think people are far to paranoid, it seems to inflate their sense of self-importance.

My father was a diplomat and I was at the sharp end of several assassination attempts when I was younger, not to mention at constant threat of kidnap. Far more so, in fact, than most ‘rich people’. Since I was on television a number of times (nothing like going to eat breakfast and finding a TV crew in the dining room…), I was also a recognizable, identifiable target.

Never the less, I had very little security, mostly because when I was old enough to decline it, I did. Instead, I found that blending in was the best form of security. Sure, in some parts of the world, blending in would not be possible, but that’s not the case for anyone wealthy in the western world.

The founder of Ikea is famous for traveling in coach, something he picked up after being criticized for conspicuous consumption. The point is that a lot of people make themselves targets through their behavior and conspicuous show of wealth and avoiding that is the best form of security. If Jeff Bezos wore an old t-shirt, ratty jeans, a 3-day beard and carried a beatup backpack while traveling on trains or in coach, I doubt anyone would recognize him.

In fact, I rather think that have a security guard makes you a rather obvious target, but people like it because of the statement it makes. In the end, however, no amount of guards or bulletproof cars will save you if someone is determined to get you…

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By: fixedincome http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/04/29/jeff-bezos-is-secure/comment-page-1/#comment-26135 Sat, 30 Apr 2011 16:48:48 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=8070#comment-26135 Felix, you wrote: I don’t have the imagination to envisage what kind of personal security $1.6 million per year buys, but I wonder whether such expenditure can ever be money well spent.

With no snark intended Felix, do you think it’s possible that you’re wondering a little bit outside your area of expertise?

Numbers aside, most people automatically equate security risks to fame and think in terms of someone’s specific intent (or the unlikely existence thereof) to do physical harm.

Some of the most realistic and more likely risks, however, have to do with money, and not fame or intent to do harm. If you haven’t already thought of it by now, think Mexico.

There are thousands of examples of wealthy people in the US, however, either having been the subject of kidnapping (and attempts), or having their loved ones taken for ransom.

The one individual I have actually known personally to whom this happened was a small child many years ago when he was taken. Nobody reading this would likely have ANY idea who is is, or who his parents were at the time it happened. They just owned a business and had a lot of money. It didn’t take actual “fame” for many people to know that. They were targeted.

Has it occurred to you that threats of this kind against Bezos or his family may have already occurred? Don’t assume you’d know about it; they wouldn’t want you to.

I’m not suggesting anyone needs to cry a river for rich people. Security, however, isn’t anywhere near as cut and dried as one might think.

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By: zubin http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/04/29/jeff-bezos-is-secure/comment-page-1/#comment-26110 Fri, 29 Apr 2011 18:40:44 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=8070#comment-26110 wonder how much (or any) of that $$$ goes towards digital security?

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By: DanHess http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/04/29/jeff-bezos-is-secure/comment-page-1/#comment-26105 Fri, 29 Apr 2011 17:43:54 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=8070#comment-26105 Funny, if he was a rapper or a pro athlete I would totally understand him takin’ care of the boyz from back in the ‘hood by adding them to the entourage!

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