Jeff Bezos’ Wife Could Get More Than $50 Billion In Divorce
When Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie, announced today on Twitter that they are divorcing after 25 years of marriage, the Twitterverse naturally exploded with a mixture of humor, empathy and skepticism.
The couple announced the divorce in a joint statement released on Bezos’s Twitter account on Wednesday morning. The tweet suggested they’re parting on good terms and “remain cherished friends”.
— Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) January 9, 2019
Bezos is worth an estimated $137 billion, which makes him the wealthiest person in the world according to the Bloomberg Billionaire Index. He founded Amazon soon after marrying MacKenzie, whom he met while working at the New York City-based hedge fund D.E. Shaw.
She got hired as a research associate at D.E. Shaw in 1992, and sat in an office next door to her future husband, the New York Times reported. MacKenzie told Vogue that she asked Bezos to lunch and, within three months, they were engaged, marrying in 1993. The couple lived in a one-bedroom rental in downtown Seattle until 1999. Bezos started Amazon in a garage. The couple has four children.
Bezos now owns the Washington Post, rocket ship maker Blue Origin and a 27,000-square-foot mansion in D.C. that he bought for $250 million in 2013.
Theirs could be the most expensive divorce ever, CNBC reported. Any money made during their marriage could be split equally between them, according to Washington State’s community property laws. MacKenzie could argue that she is entitled to half of Bezos’ entire Amazon-based fortune. MacKenzie could get as much as $66 billion based on Amazon’s current value.
Bezos may have sell or pledge shares to fund a settlement that big, which could dilute his ownership and control of the company. He owns almost 80 million shares of Amazon — about 16 percent of the company — according to regulatory filings.
Dividing assets would mean that Bezos would own 8.15 percent of the company — that’s more than the next-largest shareholder, Vanguard, which owned 5.8 percent in 2017, according to Recode.
Divorce attorneys say MacKenzie will likely want the family fortune to continue to grow and that is tied to Bezos’ control of the company, Vox reported.
This Is So Sad Alexa Play Despacito
— John Paul Punzalan (@jpbpunzalan) January 9, 2019
Mackenzie just became the world richest woman.
— Nate 🚀🇺🇸 (@BeansTown106) January 9, 2019
I knew there was SOME reason why Jeff started going to the gym!
— Mark B. Spiegel (@markbspiegel) January 9, 2019
"Alexa, download Tinder"
— Nate (@nateb1992) January 9, 2019
Well there goes no. 1 as richest man.
— The Great Xatnich (@MKarrebaek) January 9, 2019
Yeah, we had the best marriage so we decided to break up… pic.twitter.com/foJtemYpsB
— NostrADAMus ☯️ (@NostrADAMusly) January 9, 2019
That must be the most congenial, heartwarming divorce statement I’ve ever seen.
— Widget (@RazorWidget) January 9, 2019
19 year old gold digging girlfriend in 3 2 1….
— John J Casey aka E (@BigJohn82375) January 9, 2019
He’s with his money now
— Dorvid (@DorvidGoldy) January 9, 2019
It may be considered a financial success in this world to promise next day fulfillment and be great at it, but to not fulfill a covenant between your spouse and your God can be a preface to eternal bankruptcy. Got to be something to salvage from this Mr. Bezos.
— Emilio Leon (@Emiliodchozen1) January 9, 2019
Thank you. This is how adults break up.
— Jafo232 (@Jafo232) January 9, 2019
Maybe you should lovingly explore not treating your factory workers like shit
— Charles Finch (@CharlesFinch) January 9, 2019
@hksk2007 never seen a divorce so eloquently put
— Naina (@NainaGowda) January 9, 2019
Alexa play thank you, next
— spicy segy (@Segyrella) January 9, 2019