One of the richest, power couples – Jeff Bezos and MacKenzie Bezos, have split, and that has left us in shock.
Jeff Bezos must be praising the Lord right now, because he still reigns as the world’s richest man alive, with the net worth of about $110 billion. His ex-wife MacKenzie Bezos has walked away with $36 billion from her high-profile divorce to Amazon founder and CEO; however, you’ll be surprised that amount is just a small fraction of his fortune.
MacKenzie, 48, is now entitled to receive 25 percent of her ex-husband’s massive wealth when the estranged couple finalized their divorce agreement on earlier this week, three months after announcing they were uncoupling. According to Forbes Bezos, 55, prevails as the wealthiest person in the world post-divorce with a net worth of about $110 billion. Before the divorce, Bezos’ net worth pre-split was estimated at $137 billion.
But why has MacKenzie only received a quarter of Bezos’ fortune? The answer is simple and lies in how they divided their assets. The Amazon head is retaining 75 percent of the former couple’s company shares, which is approximately 12 percent of the business, while MacKenzie, an acclaimed book author, is keeping about 4 percent, according to The New York Times.
The former Mrs. Bezos revealed details of what assets they had split, writing she had given her ex all of her interest in The Washington Post and his space company Blue Origin.
After the details of the divorce was announced, MacKenzie shared a post on Twitter that said, “Grateful to have finished the process of dissolving my marriage with Jeff with support from each other and everyone who reached out to us in kindness, and looking forward to the next phase as co-parents and friends,” she tweeted.
She went on to say, “Happy to be giving him all of my interests in the Washington Post and Blue Origin, and 75% of our Amazon stock plus voting control of my shares to support his continues contributions with the teams of these incredible companies.”
“Excited about my own plans,” she continued. “Grateful for the past as I look forward to what comes next.”
She has now joined the ranks of some of the richest women in the entire world, according to The Washington Post. MacKenzie falls behind the $54 billion wealth of L’Oreal heiress Francoise Bettencourt Meyers and the $44 billion fortune held by Alice Walton.
Now, with billions in her name, she ties in third place with Mars candy company heiress Jacqueline Badger Mars, who has an estimated net worth of $37 billion.
The former couple announced their divorce earlier this year with a joint statement after 25 years of marriage and four children together.
A source opened up to People Magazine in January stating Bezos and MacKenzie “grew apart without even realizing it.”
Another insider close to the couple also said, “Jeff is so busy various areas where he is interacting with all kinds of people and traveling all over the world. On the other hand, MacKenzie is a successful writer and has worked on multiple projects while raising their children.”