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MacKenzie Bezos Will Be Left With $35.6 Billion or 25% of Her Amazon Stock After Divorce

Jeff Bezos will retain 75 percent of the couple's Amazon stock.
  • Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos announced via Twitter that their divorce has been finalized
  • Jeff will keep 75 percent of their Amazon stock, along with voting control
  • MacKenzie will give up her interests in the Washington Post and Blue Origin, Jeff's aerospace company.

    In a series of tweets, Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos announced that they have finalized their divorce after 25 years of marriage. The former couple also disclosed how their assets will be divided.

    MacKenzie will give up 75 percent of her Amazon stock to Jeff. According to Business Insider, she will be left with $35.6 billion, while Jeff will enjoy a $106.7 billion stake. Together they owned 78.8 million shares, or about 16 percent of the company. MacKenzie will also yield her interests in the Washington Post (Jeff bought the paper for $250 million in 2013) and Blue Origin, his aerospace company.

    In his tweet, Jeff called MacKenzie an "extraordinary partner, ally, and mother." Bezos has 881,000 Twitter followers, but follows just one person himself: MacKenzie. He retweeted her announcement and then praised her in a follow up Tweet.

    The Bezoses announced they were separating on January 9th. Just a day after the bombshell news that the richest man in the world might be splitting his fortune, the National Enquirer published a salacious expose of Jeff's relationship with Lauren Sanchez, a friend of the couple's. The report included intimate text messages that Bezos had sent to Sanchez.

    Shortly thereafter Bezos launched an investigation into how AMI, the Enquirer's parent company, had acquired the text messages. On February 7th, Bezos went public with a lengthy blog post detailing his belief that AMI was blackmailing him. The Amazon founder alleged that the Enquirer and its owner, David Pecker, threatened to publish illicit photos of Bezos unless he halted his investigation.

    Rather than “capitulate to extortion and blackmail,” Bezos chose to expose the Enquirer’s threat with a public blog post, and included emails and letters as evidence of the publication’s dubious practices. According to USA Today, AMI, the Enquirer's parent company, responded in a statement saying it "believes fervently that it acted lawfully in the reporting of the story."

    Bezos is reportedly living apart from Sanchez at the moment.

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