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Jeff & MacKenzie Bezos Divorce After 25 Years Marriage

September 29, 2019


Amazon.com founder and chief executive, Jeff Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie Bezos, are getting a divorce. “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 couple said in a statement, which Bezos, 54,
shared Wednesday morning on Twitter. “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,” it continued. Bezos, who owns The Washington Post, has an
estimated net worth of $137 billion and topped Forbes’s list last year of the richest Americans
(beating out Bill Gates, Warren Buffett and Mark Zuckerberg), as well as the list of billionaires
worldwide. D.C. divorce lawyer Sandy Ain, who has handled
his share of splits among the uber-wealthy (although he doesn’t rep either Bezos),
notes that Washington state, where the Bezoses reside, is a “community property” state,
meaning that all assets and debts accumulated during a marriage are divided equally. Because Bezos is the richest person in the
world, a 50/50 agreement would result in the biggest recorded divorce settlement. But, Ain says, the couple could have a prenuptial
agreement — or even a postnuptial agreement (meaning it was negotiated after the “I
do’s”) — that would trump the law declaring a couple halve everything. And what could be in such an arrangement? “Literally anything they wanted,” Ain
said, including a potential provision that property acquired under one party’s name
remain theirs. Ain notes that the couple’s amicable joint
statement indicates that the split probably won’t be messy or protracted. “Sounds like they are making an effort to
do this the right way and not make it into a public spectacle,” he said. And even if the couple winds up splitting
the fortune — a move that could knock Bezos off the top of the richest list — Ain notes
that merely means the couple will each occupy one slot, just further down the ranking. “They will still be one-percenters,” he
said. The couple wed in 1993, a year after meeting
at the hedge fund D.E. Shaw & Co., where MacKenzie (nee Tuttle) was
a research associate. In a 2013 interview with Vogue, MacKenzie
— who, like Bezos, graduated from Princeton University — said her first interview at
the firm was with her future husband, a senior vice president. “My office was next door to his, and all
day long I listened to that fabulous laugh,” she told the magazine. “How could you not fall in love with that
laugh?” At the time, MacKenzie, who counted Pulitzer
Prize-winning writer Toni Morrison as one of her mentors at Princeton, was an aspiring
novelist. Her debut novel, “The Testing of Luther
Albright,” was published in 2005. Attempts to reach MacKenzie, 48, through her
publisher were not immediately returned. The couple have lived in Seattle since 1994. They have four children. Thanks for watching. Please comment, like, share and subscribe.

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