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Jeff Bezos' Alleged Affair Revealed Hours After Announcing Divorce

10 January 2019

Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of USA online retail empire Amazon and the world's richest man, has taken to Twitter to publicly announce his impending divorce.

Bezos, the richest person in the world with a net worth estimated to be around $137 billion today, and Sanchez were most recently spotted together at a Golden Globes after-party Sunday.

"Patrick and Lauren have socialized with Jeff Bezos and his wife for a few years, because both (now former) couples have houses in Seattle", a source told Page Six.

From modest beginnings as an online bookseller, Bezos and Amazon branched out into nearly every product category available, ending up taking on established retail giants such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc. By July 1995, Amazon was operating out of a garage, with MacKenzie lending a hand, according to a review she posted on Amazon in 2013 panning "The Everything Store", a book about Bezos and the company written by Brad Stone.

Taking to Twitter, the e-commerce kingpin - whose net worth is now estimated at a Totally Normal™ AUD $191 billion - said "after a long period of loving exploration and trial separation, we have chose to divorce and continue our shared life as friends".

Amazon's stock edged up $US2.84 Wednesday to close at $US1659.42. While not directly related to the operation of Amazon, a divorce for its founder could impact the company's future.

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Mr Bezos has a 16.1 per cent stake in the company worth about $130 billion. "The two of them are sort of thick as thieves right now". He is the richest man in modern history, with a fortune more than $50bn greater than that of the second richest man, Bill Gates.

Bezos often discussed the bond with his wife and made the story of their marriage a foundation of his personal biography.

Even with a $69 billion fortune, the Amazon founder would still be ranked fifth, according to the Bloomberg Billionaire Index.

Previous year they launched a charity project together, the Day One Fund, with the aim of helping homeless families and building pre-schools in low-income communities.

He had solicited ideas on Twitter in 2017 for ways to donate some of his wealth.

In 2012, they donated $2.5 million to a Washington state campaign to legalise same-sex nuptials there. In his spare time, Bezos also oversees Blue Origin as he competes with Elon Musk's SpaceX in a private sector space race.

Jeff Bezos' Alleged Affair Revealed Hours After Announcing Divorce