San Francisco — He built one of the world’s most valuable companies from scratch, becoming the richest person on the planet. Now Jeff Bezos is intent on showing he will not be bullied in a battle of wills with the politically connected owner of a newspaper tabloid. The 55-year-old Bezos founded Amazon in his garage in 1994 and went on to grow it into a colossus that dominates online retail, with operations in streaming music and television, groceries, cloud computing, robotics, artificial intelligence and more. His other businesses include The Washington Post newspaper and the private space company Blue Origin. While Bezos has long been in the public eye because of Amazon’s growth and his estimated $133bn fortune, he was thrust into the spotlight with his announcement in January that he and his wife of 25 years, MacKenzie, are divorcing. When the National Enquirer, controlled by President Donald Trump’s ally David Pecker, threatened to release lurid, intimate pictures of Bezos and h...

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