Here's why he's stepping down.

Era Ender

Jeff Bezos has become a household name as he's built Amazon up from a humble online marketplace to a civilization-scale empire.

But now, he said in a letter to employees, he's stepping down.

"As much as I still tap dance into the office, I’m excited about this transition," he wrote. "Being the CEO of Amazon is a deep responsibility, and it’s consuming."

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Filling Bezos' shoes will be Andy Jassy, the current CEO of Amazon Web Services.

Bezos, meanwhile, will become executive chair of Amazon's board, a role where he says he'll remain involved with the company — but will also be able to find "time and energy I need to focus on the Day 1 Fund, the Bezos Earth Fund, Blue Origin, The Washington Post, and my other passions."

"I’ve never had more energy, and this isn’t about retiring," he said. "I’m super passionate about the impact I think these organizations can have."

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