Wednesday, 21 August, 2019

Amazon's Jeff Bezos worth $150bn announces divorce from wife MacKenzie

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos with wife Mac Kenzie Bezos Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos with wife Mac Kenzie
Adrian Cunningham | 09 January, 2019, 20:25

Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon and perhaps the wealthiest person in the world, announced on Twitter Wednesday morning that he and his wife MacKenzie will be divorcing. The couple have four children and live in Seattle.

The Bezoses have been married for 25 years.

It also acknowledges that the decision to divorce comes "after a long period of loving exploration and trial separation".

They continued: "If we had known we would separate after 25 years, we would do it all again".

They met while working together at a NY hedge fund. She also founded Bystander Revolution, an organization dedicated to combatting bullying that counts Monica Lewinsky and actress Lily Collins as ambassadors.

In a 2013 interview with Vogue, MacKenzie - who, like Bezos, graduated from Princeton University - said that her first interview at the firm was with her future husband.

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Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos said in the statement that they hope to remain friends and "partners in ventures".

While Jeff Bezos appears to be resolved to his fate (for all we know), the billion-dollar question remains: did he and MacKenzie come to terms on a prenup at some point in their marriage?

Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos, who is a novelist, made a joint announcement about the split on Twitter on January 9.

Bezos, 54, the Class of 1982 Miami Palmetto High School graduate and that year's Miami Herald Silver Knight victor, wrote that he and wife, MacKenzie, had made a decision to part.

The couple were engaged after three months of dating and married three months after that, according to the magazine. Jocelyn won $2.5 billion in their divorce settlement.

Reports in the United States claimed shares in Amazon dropped shortly after the couple announced they were parting ways after a quarter of a decade.