Jeff Bezos and his wife MacKenzie Bezos are ending their marriage of 25 years. Jeff Bezos is the richest man in the world according to a recent Bloomberg Billionaires Index. He founded Amazon.com Inc and more recently the space exploration company Blue Origin.
The Jeff and Mackenzie release a joint statement on their divorce “After a long period of loving exploration and trial separation, we have decided to divorce and continue our shared lives as friends,”in a tweet Today (Wednesday).
“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,” the statement continued. “If we had known we would separate after 25 years, we would do it all again.”
They married in 1993 and a year later move over to Seattle, where Jeff founded Amazon and build his empire. They both have four children together and as a family they have enjoyed a bit of privacy.
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.
Bezos is now the world’s richest person, with an estimated net worth of $137 billion and his wife contributed to that wealth. After they say behind every successful man there is a woman. MacKenzie on her own is a writter and author of multiple novels, including Traps and The Testing of Luther Albright.
You can read their full statement as embedded below:
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The Way Forward?
No one know the future precisely but we can be sure that the couple will looked forward to continuing working together as “parents, friends, partners in ventures and projects, and as individuals pursuing ventures and adventures.”
The news have not affected the shares of Amazon in any negative way. However, the investors in the company will be watching to see if the divorce settlement affects Bezos’s control of Amazon.
“It sounds friendly and she doesn’t have any motive to mess with the business,” said Michael Pachter, an analyst at Wedbush Securities Inc. “I presume it will be business as usual, and wouldn’t expect any lingering reaction.”