Amazon tycoon Jeff Bezos announces divorce on Twitter

Brunilde Fioravanti
Gennaio 11, 2019

Bezos, the founder and CEO of Amazon.com Inc., announced on Wednesday that he and his novelist wife MacKenzie were ending their 25-year marriage.

Jeff Bezos, 54, has a fortune that has soared as high as $US160 billion ($A223b) thanks to his stake in Amazon, which again became Wall Street's most valuable company this week, surpassing Microsoft.

"Jeff remains focused on and engaged in all aspects of Amazon", a company spokesperson said in a statement obtained by FOX Business. (AMZN.O) founder Jeff Bezos could make her the world's richest woman.

The exact financial impact on the entrepreneur would depend on any prenuptial or postnuptial agreements signed between the couple, who met and married in the early 1990s before Amazon was founded.

Bezos and MacKenzie announced in a statement on the billionaire's Twitter account that they had made a decision to continue their "shared lives as friends".

The couple have four children - three sons, and an adopted daughter.

Amazon shares were up 0.2pc in midday trading yesterday.

Last year, the pair launched the Bezos Day One Fund, offering a $2bn (€1.73bn) fund to help homeless families and build pre-schools in low-income neighbourhoods.

The couple married in 1993 after they met at hedge fund DE Shaw in NY, where they both worked. In Washington, the minimum length of a divorce case is 90 days, and a typical case takes up to six months or longer, according to Washington-based family law firm McKinley Irvin. His 78.8 million shares of company stock are worth more than $130 billion.

Get push notifications with news, features and more. However, they will now go their separate ways.

From modest beginnings as an online bookseller, Mr Bezos and Amazon branched out into nearly every product category available, ending up taking on established retail giants such as Walmart. She also heads a company called Black Ops Aviation.

With an estimated worth about $137 billion, according to Bloomberg, Bezos is also the owner of the left-leaning Washington Post, which has been vehemently and relentlessly critical of President Donald Trump ever since he won the presidential election of 2016.

Today, they own five houses across the US, in Medina, Washington, Beverly Hills, Van Horn, Texas, D.C., and Manhattan.

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