By Ian Salisbury
April 4, 2019

MacKenzie Bezos, former wife to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, tweeted out her divorce settlement Thursday — hinting she will walk away from the marriage with more than $36 billion.

The marriage of the world’s richest couple had been on the rocks since at least earlier this year when Jeff Bezos announced, also on Twitter, that the pair would split after 25 years of marriage. The story quickly spiraled into a larger-than-life saga involving an extra-marital affair, political intrigue, and potential blackmail.

MacKenzie Bezos tweeted Thursday that the couple’s marriage was officially dissolved. She added that she was, “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.”

Before the divorce, the couple owned 16.3% of Amazon’s stock, according to recent SEC filings. Based on Amazon’s current market value of $889 billion, MacKenzie Bezos’s financial stake of slightly more than 4% is worth about $36 billion.

Jeff Bezos’s stake, now slightly more than 12%, is worth about $109 billion.

Even with his reduced fortune, Jeff Bezos remains the world’s richest person, at least according to the latest calculations by Bloomberg. Bill Gates, at number two, has a net worth of $102 billion. MacKenzie Bezos would likely rank around number 24 on Bloomberg’s list, making her the fourth-richest woman in the world.

MacKenzie Bezos’s tweet appears to be the first one sent from her verified Twitter account, which says she joined the social media service in April 2019.

By contrast, her former husband, who joined Twitter in 2008, has more than 880,000 followers. However, he follows only one account: MacKenzie Bezos.

 

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