Monday, 25 March, 2019

Amazon CEO Bezos and wife to end 25-year marriage

Jeff and Mac Kenzie Bezos attend an event Amazon Boss Jeff Bezos Announces He Is Divorcing Wife Of 25 Years
Laurie Berry | 12 January, 2019, 20:42

While the details of their divorce settlement have not been made public, exactly how much MacKenzie is entitled to of Bezos' $137 billion fortune could depend on Amazon's value and marital laws in Washington state where they live.

The couple, who share four children, met in 1993 while working at an investment management firm in New York City, according to People. In the same Vogue interview, he said of her career, "Writing makes her really happy". "How could you not fall in love with that laugh?"

An exclusive source told the Post "Patrick and Lauren have socialised with Jeff Bezos and his wife for a few years, because both (now former) couples have houses in Seattle". Lauren was there but wasn't with Jeff all the time. MacKenzie also accompanied her husband to Hollywood events after Amazon began a concerted push into video and original programming. The couple own a home in a wealthy Seattle suburb within the county.

After inviting 300 friends to beta test the site, Jeff opened Amazon.com on July 16, 1995.

The Amazon boss confirmed the split on his Twitter account.

Last January, the couple donated $33 million to fund college scholarships for USA high schoolers with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status, an Obama-era program protecting young immigrants brought to the United States illegally by their parents.

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In the USA, family laws differ from state to state. Jeff is the 25th largest landowner in the USA, according to Business Insider.

MacKenzie is an author of multiple novels, including Traps and The Testing of Luther Albright.

The Testing of Luther Albright centers on a devoted father whose life is changed by an quake in Sacramento. In 2006 she won the American Book Award. She has also appeared on Extra as an entertainment reporter. Family friend Danny Hillis told Vogue that the Bezos' "are such a normal, close-knit family, it's nearly abnormal". "I was there when he wrote the business plan, and I worked with him and many others represented in the converted garage, the basement warehouse closet, the barbecue-scented offices, the Christmas-rush distribution centers, and the door-desk filled conference rooms in the early years of Amazon's history", she wrote. He also owns the Washington Post and rocket company Blue Origin.

"Matt and Ben don't get to see each other often, so we sat them together", she told PEOPLE at the time.

The likely scenario could be a buyout of Mrs Bezos shares or for her to retain the shares.

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