By Sandra Birungi
Former Amazon executive, Joy Covey has died.
Covey was Amazon’s CFO who dropped out of high school but got into Harvard Business School and helped Jeff Bezos take Amazon public. She died Wednesday in a bicycle accident in California.
The 50-year-old was reportedly struck while cycling on Skyline Boulevard in the mountains of San Mateo County. She is survived by an eight-year-old son, Tyler.
Covey was ranked 28the on Fortune’s Most Powerful Women in Business in 1999. Covey is the younger of two daughters of a Northern California doctor and nurse. She graduated from California State University at Fresno and took the CPA exam (scoring second best in the country that year) at 19.
“I thought, Wouldn’t it be great to build one of those new business models like Microsoft or Intel or Dell?” Covey said of her Amazon at the time when it was going to begin. Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos said of Covey, “I can budget only four days a year to talk to investors, so Joy has been Amazon.com’s primary contact with Wall Street. In the Internet space, that’s really unusual. She’s doing what a CEO would normally do.”