Jeff Bezos, Invoice Gates and different tech stars react to Biden's win


Jeff Bezos, Founder and CEO of Amazon, speaks to a group of Amazon employees who are veterans during an Amazon Veterans Day celebration on Monday, November 12, 2018.

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Tech CEOs and Silicon Valley stars congratulated President-elect Joe Biden and Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris on their victory in Saturday's US presidential election.

Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, celebrated Biden and Harris' victory in an Instagram post. Bezos said her victory means "unity, empathy and decency are not marks of a bygone era".

Bezos had a rocky relationship with President Donald Trump throughout his presidency. Trump has repeatedly targeted Bezos for his ownership of the Washington Post, Amazon's tax return, and his relationship with the postal service.

Microsoft founder Bill Gates, who has loudly criticized Trump's coronavirus response, said he looks forward to "working with the new administration and leaders on both sides of Congress to bring the growing pandemic under control".

Microsoft President Brad Smith wrote a blog post congratulating Biden and Harris while calling for unity across the country. "If we are to move forward as a nation, we must build new bridges to fill the gaps that divide us," said Smith.

Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, and Priscilla Chan, wife of Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, and co-founder of the Chan Zuckerberg initiative, congratulated Harris on their historic victory. She is the first black woman and the first person of South Asian descent to be elected Vice President.

"After a long couple of days, we now know that Joe Biden will be our next president – and for the first time in 231 years our next vice president will be a Black and South Asian American daughter of immigrants," Sandberg said in one Facebook post. "There are times when America takes a giant step towards a government that reflects the diverse country that we are. Today is one of those days."

Laurene Powell Jobs, founder of Emerson Collective and widow of Apple founder Steve Jobs, celebrated Biden and Harris' victory in a tweet, noting that the victory of the elected vice president represents a "broken glass ceiling once and for all."

Chuck Robbins, Cisco CEO, wrote in a tweet that the company aligns with Biden and Harris' belief that we need to create a broader future for all.

Boxing CEO Aaron Levie celebrated Biden and Harris' win in a series of tweets. Levie added that her win will be "great for American competitiveness".

"While there's nothing magical Biden can do, that's the point," Levie said. "Businesses need market stability, global trade relationships that don't change on a whim, talent from anywhere, long-term planning, and a lack of constant distractions."

Steve Case, CEO of Revolution and co-founder of AOL, said he was "delighted" that Biden was elected 46th President of the United States.


Katherine Clark