Richest Man in the World is Getting a Divorce

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The world’s richest couple is calling it quits.

After 25 years of marriage, Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos jointly announced that their marriage is coming to an end. The couple has four children together.

The joint statement read “…after a long period of loving exploration and trial separation, we have decided to divorce and continue our shared lives as friends…”

Their divorce may be the most expensive divorce in history. The Bezoses live in a community property state (California is also a community property state), meaning all the wealth acquired during their marriage will be split equally between the two. The latest tally of his wealth is around $137 billion, based on estimates by both Forbes and Bloomberg, which means she could get as much as $66 billion, based on the value of the company today.

However, to fund a settlement that big, Jeff would have to sell or pledge shares, which would dilute his ownership of the company. It is likely that MacKenzie would want the family fortune to continue to grow, according to CNBC.

MacKenzie and Jeff met at an investment management firm, where MacKenzie was a research associate, and Jeff was a vice president. Jeff was the first person to interview MacKenzie, a fellow Princeton grad.

They quickly married, and in 1994, they both quit their jobs and traveled to Seattle to found Amazon. MacKenzie was one of Amazon’s first employees. She was instrumental in the founding of Amazon. “I was there when he wrote the business plan, and worked with him and many others in a 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” MacKenzie Bezos wrote.

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