Amazon looks to grow in Florida as Bezos moves to Miami
The big picture: It comes as founder Jeff Bezos announced earlier this month that he's moving from Seattle, his home of nearly three decades, to Miami — one of the hottest new influence frontiers and a rising tech hub.
Driving the news: Amazon is seeking the leased office space as part of its organic growth over the past few years in the Miami region and the search began before Bezos announced his Florida move, a company spokesperson told Axios.
- Amazon evaluates its space plans based on the needs of the company's employees and businesses, the spokesperson added.
- The company currently has more than 400 corporate and tech employees assigned to its existing serviced office locations in the Miami area, but this would be the first base location in the city.
Zoom out: Bezos recently purchased a $79 million mansion in the "Billionaire Bunker" of Indian Creek in the Miami area, shortly after buying a neighboring mansion for $68 million.
- Other billionaires are also relocating to Miami. These include Eric Schmidt, the former chair and CEO of Google, and Republican megadonor Ken Griffin — who last year moved the global headquarters of his hedge fund giant, Citadel, to the city from Chicago.
Editor's note: Axios' Rebecca Falconer contributed to reporting.