The divorce deal with the Amazon.com Inc. Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos retains 4% of Amazon, or about 19.7 million shares worth about $35.7 billion to former wife MacKenzie Bezos.
However,Bezos will continue to be the largest shareholder of the e-commerce giant Amazon valued at almost $900 billion as well as gain voting control of his former wife’s remaining shares. Bezos will also maintain ownership of the Washington Post and his space exploration company, Blue Origin LLC.
The Bezoses announced their divorce in January, not long before the National Enquirer tabloid newspaper published an expose that Jeff Bezos had been having a relationship with Lauren Sanchez, a former TV anchor. The announcement sparked speculation about how their exceptional wealth, estimated at more than $130 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.
“Grateful to have finished the process of dissolving my marriage with Jeff with support from each other and everyone who reach out to us in kindness,” MacKenzie Bezos wrote on Twitter. “Happy to be giving him all of my interests in the Washington Post and Blue Origin, and 75% of our Amazon stock plus voting control of my shares to support his continued contributions with the teams of these incredible companies.”
— MacKenzie Bezos (@mackenziebezos) April 4, 2019
To MacKenze’s tweet Jeff Bezos also tweeted showing immense thanks to his family and friends.
— Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) April 4, 2019
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. The couple have four children together.