Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon, announced that he and his wife, MacKenzie Bezos, are getting divorced after 25 years of marriage as per a joint Twitter statement from Wednesday.
The couple got married back in 1993, one year before he started Amazon from their garage in Seattle. They met while working at New York hedge fund D.E. Shaw in the early 90s and they got engaged within three months of meeting, and after another three months they were married. Shortly after that, they moved across the country to Seattle, where Bezos launched Amazon. MacKenzie is also the author of multiple renowned novels, including “Traps” and “The Testing of Luther Albright”.
Now the question on everyone’s mind is how they will split their estimated assets of $137bn, since nothing regarding that was mentioned in their joint statement:
“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. 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. If we had known we would separate after 25 years, we would do it all again.”
But Washington being a community property state, its law says a married couple divorcing should evenly divide the wealth and assets they accumulated during their marriage. Therefore, Jeff Bezos’ net-worth could be divided 50-50 between the couple. That would mean Jeff Bezos’ stake in Amazon will be drastically reduced and it will open the door for MacKenzie to find herself controlling 8% of Amazon’s stock. That is, of course, unless they have made other arrangements.