Published: Thu, January 10, 2019
Arts&Culture | By Matthew Castillo

World's richest man Jeff Bezos is getting divorced

World's richest man Jeff Bezos is getting divorced

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, rated the world's wealthiest person, announced Wednesday on Twitter that he and his wife Mackenzie Bezos were divorcing after a long separation.

Amazon is now considered the world's most valuable company, worth almost $810 billion, a CNN Business report said Tuesday.

CEO of Amazon Jeff Bezos and his wife MacKenzie Bezos attend the Amazon Studios Oscar Celebration, Feb. 26, 2017, in West Hollywood, Calif. According to Wired, she handled some of the firm's first freight contracts while working at a Barnes & Noble bookstore - a company which would eventually face intense and overpowering competition from Amazon itself.

Putting out a statement on Twitter, Bezos said he and MacKenzie will remain "cherished friends".

Reports in the United States claimed shares in Amazon dropped shortly after the couple announced they were parting ways after a quarter of a decade. If not, it's not out of the realm of possibility that the two would split their massive fortune. The Bezos' reportedly own at least five houses around the country in Medina, Wash., Beverly Hills, Van Horn, Texas, Washington D.C., and Manhattan. He founded Amazon a year later.

Divorce always impacts the finances of both halves of a couple, but when the world's richest man gets divorced, that impact goes to a whole other level.

Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos met in New York City, engaged after three months and married three months after that, according to Vogue. Jeff was the first person to interview Mackenzie when she applied for the position, in 1992.

According to Kroll, Jeff and MacKenzie own roughly six homes across the United States.

Hotel and casino mogul Steve Wynn's divorce in 2010 from Elaine Wynn resulted in an estimated $1 billion settlement ($1.1 billion inflation-adjusted). In it, they write that they intend to remain friends and would marry each other again even if they knew ahead of time that it wouldn't last forever.

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