Amazon boss Jeff Bezos, world's richest man, and wife MacKenzie divorce

Amazon boss Jeff Bezos, world's richest man, and wife MacKenzie divorce

The announcement marked the second time Mr Bezos was in the news this week, after his company Amazon was named the world's most valuable company for a second time, replacing Microsoft at the top spot.

Jeff Bezos and wife MacKenzie Bezos have been together for 25 years.

Then Lauren was hired to work on one of Bezos" projects, "Blue Origin, ' a space launch company, as a helicopter pilot.

MacKenzie, a Princeton graduate who is now a novelist, did accounting for Amazon for its first year after it was founded in 1994.

They are the parents of four children.

Amazon's shares shrank 0.33% or US$5.42 in afterhours trading, to US$1,654.00, at 10.51pm NY time.

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While Jeff remains atop the Amazon throne much of his net worth is tied up in AMZN shares, thus the company may need to restructure to ensure that Bezos retains his voting power following the split. Mackenzie could be legally entitled to half of Bezos' Amazon earnings, since he made it during their marriage. Earlier this week the company snagged the most valuable USA company title with a market value, as of Wednesday, at $800 billion.

"These two have been separated for a not insignificant time, and I would assume.they would have used the time to reach a private, confidential agreement", he said. It's not clear whether Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos signed a prenuptial agreement or formed another arrangement regarding what would happen if they split.

Mr Bezos, 54, is now the world's richest man, with a fortune of US$160 billion due to his 16.3% stake in multi-billion dollar tech firm Amazon.

"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 couple's statement said. So, the news of his costly divorce sparked a slew of hilarious comebacks from Twitter users, who speculated over how the separation will impact the tycoon's fortune. They got married just six months after they began dating, according to Bezos. "She had told Patrick that she has been recently seeing Jeff Bezos". Likewise, Google co-founder Sergey Brin's stake remained unchanged after he and Anne Wojcicki divorced without fanfare in 2015.

If the couple decides to file for divorce in Washington state, where Amazon is headquartered, the state law says the assets accumulated throughout the course of the 25-year long marriage would be owned by them both.

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