Jeff Bezos And Wife, MacKenzie Bezos, Announce Divorce

Brenda Watkins
January 9, 2019

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his wife MacKenzie Bezos have made a decision to divorce after a long trial separation, Bezos said on Wednesday in a joint statement by the couple on Twitter.

"We want to make people aware of a development in our lives", Jeff Bezos, 54, and MacKenzie Bezos, 48, said in joint statement posted to Bezos' Twitter feed.

"Though the labels might be different, we remain a family, and we we remain cherished friends".

After working in a variety of jobs on Wall Street, the entrepreneur founded Amazon in 1994 and it is now the world's largest online company.

The split could lead the costliest divorce is history, even if the couple doesn't divide the money equally.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his wife MacKenzie Bezos poses as they arrive at the headquarters of publisher Axel-Springer where he will receive the Axel Springer Award 2018 on April 24, 2018 in Berlin.

The two married in 1993 after they met at hedge fund D.E. Shaw in NY, where they both worked.

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She gave birth to her third son, Louis, last April, and recently became an aunt to Arthur, the son of her sister Pippa Middleton. The visit, at the Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel, will be his first official engagement of 2019.

The pair have been married for 25 years and she four children together.

Given Bezos' status as the world's richest person, with an estimated net worth of $136 billion, much of the initial discussion about the divorce focused on the splitting of the couple's shared assets.

A novelist, MacKenzie Bezos was a key figure in the early days of Amazon after she and Jeff Bezos moved to the Seattle region.

The couple were engaged after three months of dating and married three months after that, according to the magazine.

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.

Under Bezos, Amazon launched the Kindle e-reader and revolutionised the way books are distributed and read.

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