Jeff Bezos of Amazon, the world’s richest man, has announced on Twitter that he and his wife MacKenzie have decided to end their 25 year marriage. The couple had already had a “trial separation.”
The couple met in New York, when Bezos hired her to work for him when he was a VP at a Hedge Fund, 6 months later they were married. They then quit their financial careers and moved to Seattle to jumpstart Jeff’s online bookstore-which would later be known as the origins of what would become Amazon. He started the fledgling company out of his garage. Today the company is worth nearly $810 Billion.
Both Jeff and his wife MacKenzie are successful in their own rights, they both attended Princeton and MacKenzie is a novelist, who studied under Toni Morrison and won an American Book Award In 2006. She is also the Executive Director of an anti-bullying organization called ‘Bystander Revolution’.
The couple owns a total of 400,000 acres of property (making them 2 of the biggest landholders in the country) but they live in Washington, which is a community property state, meaning the assets accrued during their marriage are entitled to be split 50/50.
Bezos assured that the split is amicable saying, “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 share 4 children, who range in age from 13 to 18.