Everything you need to know about Gavin de Becker, the security expert leading Jeff Bezos' investigation into his leaked text messages

Business Insider | Feb 2, 2019, 08.15PM IST

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Gavin de Becker.

  • Like many of his peers, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has a private security detail. His team is led by a security expert named Gavin de Becker.
  • The Daily Beast recently reported that de Becker is leading an investigation into the leak of text messages sent between Bezos and former TV anchor Lauren Sanchez, with whom the CEO is said to have an extramarital relationship.
  • De Becker is a well-known expert on security and protection of public figures, and has worked with the Justice Department, the CIA, and even advised prosecutors in the OJ Simpson criminal case.
  • Here's everything you need to know about Gavin de Becker.

In January, the National Enquirer published leaked text messages between Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and former TV anchor Lauren Sanchez, as part of its investigation of their alleged affair.

Now, Bezos has tasked his personal chief of security, Gavin de Becker, with tracking down the party (or parties) responsible for the leak, reports the Daily Beast. In particular, he's said to be investigating the possibility that Michael Sanchez, Lauren's brother, was involved.

The 64-year-old de Becker is an established security expert, who founded a private security firm used by federal agencies to protect government officials and public figures. He's also something of a celebrity in his own right: De Becker consulted in the criminal prosecution of OJ Simpson, wrote a New York Times-bestselling book, assisted President Ronald Reagan with security, and made two appearances on "Oprah" to discuss his work.

Here's everything you need to know about Gavin de Becker, and his investigation into the leaked texts:

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