Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to Divorce Wife after 25 years of Marriage
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to divorce wife MacKenzie Bezos after 25 years of marriage, they announced through a joint statement on Wednesday.
Jeff Bezos shared the announcement on his personal Twitter account shortly after 9 am Eastern, signed by both him and MacKenzie.
‘As our family and close friends know, after a long period of loving exploration and trial separation, we have decided to divorce and continue our shared lives as friends,’ the statement read.
‘If we had known we would separate after 25 years, we would do it again.’
Jeff Bezos is worth close to $140 billion, according to Forbes. The statement did not mention how the two will split that fortune.
Much of that dollar amount comes from his 16 percent ownership stake in Amazon, so not liquid assets.
The division of the Bezos’ assets will be complicated because the two will continue to pursue joint ventures, according to the joint statement.
‘We feel incredibly lucky to have found each other and deeply grateful for every one of the years we have been married to each other,’ the statement continued.
‘We’ve had such a great life together as a married couple, and we also see wonderful futures ahead, as parents, friends, partners in ventures and projects, and as individuals pursuing ventures and adventures.
‘Though the labels might be different, we remain a family, and we remain cherished friends.’
Jeff and MacKenzie met at work in 1992 when Jeff was the first to interview MacKenzie at the investment management firm of DE Shaw.
At the time, Jeff was a vice president there, and MacKenzie had come on board as a research associate, Business Insider reported.
The two Princeton graduates were engaged three months later and married in 1993.
That was all before he founded Amazon, which he started from a garage in Seattle in 1994.