Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and wife divorcing after 25 years

Brenda Watkins
January 10, 2019

Left unanswered was one of the biggest sticking points in any divorce: How the assets amassed during the marriage will be divided.

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Bezos, whose stake in Amazon is worth more than $130 billion, announced a year ago that he and his wife were setting up a $2 billion charitable fund to open preschools in low-income neighborhoods and give money to nonprofits that help homeless families.

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

The statement revealing the news was signed by both, but put out on Bezos's Twitter account. Most high-ranking employees saw her at social events the couple hosted at their Medina home and elsewhere. The Bezoses have four children. That includes stock ownership, though Amazon has not filed any regulatory documents to suggest Bezos' stake in the company has changed.

One user joked that the looming $137 billion divorce should be called Alexit, after Amazon's virtual assistant Alexa. Hoffower reported that prenups were once stigmatized, though they're quickly regaining favor among millennial couples.

"For the most part, they're going to want to keep things private and quiet", she said. They were married when they still worked at the company, according to CNN.

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Divorce lawyers speculate based on the tone of Wednesday's announcement that the couple has likely already negotiated a separation agreement.

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News Corp. and Fox chief Rupert Murdoch's divorce in 1999 from his ex-wife, Anna Maria Torv, had a settlement estimated at $1.7 billion ($2.6 billion inflation-adjusted).

Plus, MacKenzie Bezos ditched D.E. Shaw and NY when Jeff Bezos started Amazon. He interviewed her. They dated for three months and announced that they were engaged. "How could you not fall in love with that laugh?" she told Vogue in 2013 when her novel, "Traps", was published. While his wife did the cross-country driving, Bezos wrote a business plan on the way to Seattle - chosen for its abundance of tech talent.

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While Bezos went on to build Amazon, which he started in his garage, Mackenzie Bezos went on to become an author and founded the anti-bullying organisation Bystander Revolution, where she serves as executive director. And Amazon followed Apple to become the second-ever United States company to reach a $1 trillion valuation although the company has since dropped back to a $791 billion market cap .

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