Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos required emergency surgery for kidney stones while vacationing near the Galapagos Islands during New Years Day, according to a translated press release from the Ecuadorian navy.
ABC reported that Bezos, 49, had been vacationing when he became ill Wednesday. According to the navy press release, Bezos was evacuated by helicopter to Baltra Island where a private plane took him to the U.S. for emergency surgery.
A spokesperson for Amazon sent ABC an email when asked for comment. “I sent the inquiry to Jeff and here’s what he sent back: ‘Galapagos: five stars. Kidney stones: zero stars.'”
The front desk manager at the Royal Palm hotel in Puerto Ayora, a town on Academy Bay, told the Washington Post that Bezos was taken to a local hospital before being flown out.
Bezos bought the Washington Post in October for $250 million.