Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos releases details of divorce deal with ex-wife

MacKenzie Bezos retains 4 per cent of Amazon, according to a filing Thursday. She is set to receive about $US38 billion, MSNBC reported.

The Bezoses announced their divorce in January, hours before the National Enquirer tabloid newspaper began tweeting that it planned to publish an expose that Jeff Bezos had been having a relationship with Lauren Sanchez, a former TV anchor.

Jeff Bezos and MacKenzie Bezos announced their divorce two days after the National Enquirer emailed them about a forthcoming story on Bezos’ affair.Credit:Bloomberg

The announcement sparked speculation about how their exceptional wealth, estimated at more than $US130 billion, would be divided. Jeff Bezos is the world’s richest person and will remain in that position after the divorce, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos met in New York at D.E. Shaw. Jeff was the first person to interview MacKenzie for a role at the hedge fund and the pair ended up having offices next to each other, according to a 2013 interview with Vogue. They married in 1993 and a year later drove across the country to Seattle, where Jeff founded Amazon. They have four children.


MacKenzie, an author, played a significant role at the company in the early years, but her presence faded in later years. Most high-ranking employees saw her at social events the couple hosted at their Medina, Washington, home and elsewhere. They’d also be spotted at Lakeside, a Seattle private school, with their children.

When Amazon showcased its new biospheres, the plant-filled architectural centerpiece of its Seattle headquarters, the couple toured the building with a horticulturist. MacKenzie also accompanied her husband to Hollywood events after Amazon began a concerted push into video and original programming.


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