Maria Montessori and 10 famous graduates from her schools

8. Jeff Bezos

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    Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos speaks at a news conference during the launch of Amazon's new tablets in New York, in this September 28, 2011, file photo.
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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos stands as a key member of the "Montessori Mafia."

"Mr. Bezos often compares Amazon’s strategy of developing ideas in new markets to 'planting seeds' or 'going down blind alleys,' " writes The Wall Street Journal. "Amazon’s executives learn and uncover opportunities as they go. Many efforts turn out to be dead ends, Mr. Bezos has said, 'But every once in a while, you go down an alley and it opens up into this huge, broad avenue.' "

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