Joy Covey, former chief financial officer of Amazon during their IPO, was killed in a bicycle crash at the age of 50. According to a Sept. 19 report on Bloomberg.com, Covey died after her bicycle collided with a minivan as she was riding the downhill slope of Skyline Boulevard near Portola Valley, Calif.
Covey had an impressive and varied resume and was admired by friends and coworkers. She left high school at the age of 15 and took a job as a waitress. According to Businessweek.com, she obtained her GED and then worked her way through college in two years with a degree in accounting. She went on to obtain a joint business and law degree from Harvard.
Covey has been credited as being a strong force behind the success of Jeff Bezos in bringing Amazon from a mere bookseller to the Internet giant that it is today. She was with Amazon from 1996 to 2000.
Covey was also involved with many other causes. As a pilot, she flew missions to rescue endangered animals, and she served on the boards of various organizations. She is survived by a son.
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