Tom Alberg, Early Amazon Investor, Cultivated Tech Startups

On the age of 27, Tom Alberg gave up his job on the prestigious New York regulation agency of Cravath, Swaine & Moore to return house to Seattle. It might need appeared that he was buying and selling a highflying authorized profession for a quieter life.

As an alternative, he was setting himself up for a very various profession through which he supplied authorized counsel to Boeing Co., grew to become one of many first buyers in Amazon.com Inc. and a director of that firm for 23 years, helped run McCaw Mobile Communications Inc., co-founded a venture-capital agency, and established a winery and a vineyard.