MacKenzie Bezos, who shares three sons and a daughter with Jeff, could get around $60 billion in divorce settlement, making her the richest woman in the world.
Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos have decided to part ways after 25 years of marriage.
The divorce could strip Jeff Bezos of his title of the world’s richest man.
The divorce could make Mackenzie Bezos world’s richest woman.
When rich people go through divorce proceedings, the settlements can be expensive. With Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and his wife MacKenzie Bezos set to divorce, something that the couple announced last night on Twitter, the divorce settlement they reach may involve outrageous amount of money. It could be in a way the most expensive divorce in the history in terms of the money involved.
Bezos and MacKenzie have been married for nearly 25 years, which means they together built Amazon as well as other assets. The two are divorcing in Washington a state that mandates split of 50-50 in assets and wealth in case of a divorce and that theoretically means that by the time divorce proceedings conclude the wealth of Bezos could be cut down in half — around $60 billion — from the current $137 billion while MacKenzie may get around $60 billion, making her the richest woman in the world.
Earlier Bezos and MacKenzie announced divorce proceedings. “As our family and close friends know, after a long period of loving exploration and trial separation, we have decided to divorced and continue our shared lives as friends. If we had known we would separate after 25 years, we would do it all again,” the couple said in a joint statement.
The announcement comes just days after, Amazon, which is as old as the the Jeff and Mackenzie’s marriage, took over Apple and Microsoft to become the valuable company in the world. But the divorce settlement may also change that. It could also take away the title of world’s richest man from Jeff Bezos, who at the moment has a wealth of $137 billion according to the Bloomberg Billionaire Index, and leave him next in line to the Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, who has a wealth of around $95 billion.
But a lot also depends on if the couple has signed a prenuptial agreement. The state of Washington in the United States, where Amazon is based and where Jeff and MacKenzie share a home is a community property state. This means that any property or debt acquired during the marriage will be shared equally between the couple by the court if they cannot negotiate an agreement themselves.
While there is no set method to determine who gets what, the divorce could take away a significant part of the Amazon founder’s wealth, which includes Jeff’s stakes in The Washington Post and the space exploration company – Blue Origins. However, at the heart of the matter is likely to be Amazon, which is the prime source of wealth for Bezos and MacKenzie. There are reports that both contributed significantly to build it and it is possible that MacKenzie may get a 50 per cent of the stake that Bezos holds in Amazon.
Meanwhile, this equitable division of assets will also leave MacKenzie, who shares three sons and a daughter with Jeff, with around $60 billion, making her the richest woman in the world. This kind of wealth will place her ahead of Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg and Tesla boss Elon Musk in the list of the world’s richest people.
Notably, the couple hasn’t announced the reason why they have decided to part ways after being together for over two decades. However, they have maintained that they would remain “friends” even after their separation. “Though the labels might be different, we remain a family, and we remain cherished friends,” the couple said.