Amazon’s Jeff Bezos and his wife MacKenzie are concluding their marriage divorce soon with a record breaking settlement. MacKenzie will be walking away with at least $35bn. She will be keeping a 4% stake in Amazon which is worth about $35.6B.
Amazon was founded by Jeff Bezos in Seattle in 1994, a year after the couple married, and Ms Bezos was one of its first employees. Both parties tweeted positive comments about the other in the wake of the announced settlement.
The two did not provide any further financial details about the settlement. The Amazon shares alone will make Ms Bezos the world’s third-richest woman while Jeff will remain the world’s richest person, according to Forbes.
Jeff Bezos, 55, and MacKenzie, 48, a novelist, married in 1993 and have four children. Ms Bezos’ tweet is her first and only one since joining the micro-blogging website this month. In it she stated that she was “grateful to have finished the process of dissolving my marriage to Jeff with support from each other”.
Jeff Bezos is reportedly in a relationship with former Fox TV host Lauren Sánchez. Speculations are that this is the main reason for their breakup. The divorce will go down as probably one of the highest profile divorce in history due to the amount at stake.