Jeff Bezos and Ex-Wife MacKenzie Announce Divorce Settlement Terms


Jeff will retain all interest in the Washington Post and space company Blue Origin, as well as 75 percent of shared stock in Amazon.

MacKenzie Bezos agreed to allow Jeff Bezos to keep voting control of her shares.

Mr. Jeff also tweeted his own statement simultaneously, explaining how thankful he is for MacKenzie's presence in his life. MacKenzie Bezos would likely rank around number 24 on Bloomberg's list, making her the fourth-richest woman in the world. According to Bezos lore, MacKenzie drove her husband from Seattle as he worked on the Amazon business plan; one year into their marriage, Jeff launched the e-commerce giant. Jeff, meanwhile, remains the richest person in the world - even after losing $35.6 billion in company stock - and is still Amazon's biggest shareholder, with a stake of about 12%. Bezos is a writer who has published two novels.

"She is resourceful and brilliant and loving, and as our futures unroll, I know I'll always be learning from her", he said.

MacKenzie Bezos has said her marriage to the world's richest man is now dissolved.

Bezos has been in the headlines over his love affair with former TV personality Lauren Sanchez.

The two of them met as employees of hedge fund D.E. Shaw in NY and were married in 1993, about a year before Jeff Bezos founded Amazon as an online bookseller in Seattle, where they settled.

Liat Sadler, a San Francisco matrimonial lawyer, said the settlement should put investors at ease.

Federal prosecutors in NY are probing whether the National Enquirer's parent company violated a cooperation agreement in its handling of the story regarding Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.

In a joint statement, the pair said they would remain partners.

He will also get all of her interests in Blue Origin, his aerospace manufacturer and spaceflight services company.

As a result, Jeff Bezos will be able to continue to run Amazon as he sees fit with no interference from his soon to be ex-spouse.

"It takes the issue off the table, with less turbulence than you might have expected", said an investor, whose company owns several million dollars worth of Amazon shares but who asked for anonymity because of a firm policy.