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Amazon's Jeff Bezos worth $150bn announces divorce from wife MacKenzie

11 January 2019

Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos announced via Twitter on Wednesday that he and his wife MacKenzie are divorcing.

The decision to divorce comes after a trial separation, according to a statement posted on Wednesday on Jeff Bezos' Twitter account.

Jeff Bezos and his wife MacKenzie Bezos at the opening ceremony of the Washington Post's new location in Washington D.C. on January 28, 2016.

They live in Washington State in the U.S. where, unless there is a pre-nuptial agreement, a divorcing couple's assets are split 50/50. Jeff has four children with MacKenzie.

"Though the labels might be different, we remain a family, and we remain cherished friends", the couple said in a statement.

Amazon shares were up 0.2pc in midday trading yesterday. It was MacKenzie who made the first move, according to a 2013 Vogue profile, where she noted that they were engaged after three months of dating.

"It seems very likely, if not 100% a certainty, that whatever Jeff Bezos has earned at Amazon has been community income", David Starks, a partner at the Seattle-based law firm McKinley Irvin, told Forbes.

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Amazon's origins trace back to a road trip that the Bezoses took together not long after they met in NY while working at hedge fund D.E. Shaw. "By the last three months, they were so real and important to me, I could start crying just thinking about them while driving to pick up the kids from school".

In 2012, the couple donated US$2.5 million to a Washington state campaign to legalise same-sex marriage there.

From modest beginnings, Amazon branched out into nearly every product category, taking on established retailers such as Walmart Inc.

Mr Bezos also founded space company Blue Origin in 2000, and is funnelling $1 billion a year of his own fortune into pulling it out of start-up mode and into production.

The couple have also acquired at least five homes in California, Washington state, Texas, Washington D.C. and NY throughout their 25-year marriage.

Billionaire Jeff Bezos' divorce from his wife MacKenzie Bezos could become the most expensive in history and has the potential to impact his ownership and control of Amazon if he is forced to sell off shares to fund a settlement.

He topped the chart with an estimated worth of $US160 billion, ahead of Microsoft founder Bill Gates, who was found to have $US97 billion.

Amazon's Jeff Bezos worth $150bn announces divorce from wife MacKenzie