Jeff Bezos And Wife, MacKenzie Bezos, Announce Divorce

Jeff Bezos and his wife Mac Kenzie Bezos

At this point, it's unclear how Jeff and MacKenzie, a novelist, will divide their assets upon divorce.

According to the New York City Bar legal referral service, that's the difference between property that will belong to just one person in the event of a divorce or property that will belong to both partners.

Why are Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos getting divorced?

MacKenzie, who was 23 at the time and made the first move by asking Jeff out to lunch, was smitten.

"These two have been separated for a not insignificant time, and I would assume.they would have used the time to reach a private, confidential agreement", he said.

The Bezoses will nearly certainly settle the divorce outside of court, if they haven't already, said Jacqueline Newman, a Manhattan divorce lawyer and managing partner at Berkman Bottger Newman & Rodd. "If we had known we would separate after 25 years, we would do it all over again".

Divorce attorney experts told CNBC that MacKenzie would most likely not want to impact her ex's ownership stake because it would ultimately affect the growth of the Bezos family fortune. There are Jeff Bezos assets scattered all over the place. Bezos owns two adjoining homes in Beverly Hills, California, and a sprawling, 400,000-acre ranch in West Texas, too.

And there has never been more money than in this case. He owns about 16 per cent of the retailer as well as the Washington Post and Blue Origin.

Some Twitter users couldn't resist taking a dig at the company's allegedly low wages and conditions for workers.

"They have a mutual interest in making sure that no one is concerned that the ship has sprung a leak", he said. Jeff Bezos also bought a mansion in a swanky Washington D.C. neighbourhood previous year for $US23 million.

"It would work much the same as a prenup, the only difference is it happened after the parties were married", Calogero said. We can't say for sure, but we have our guesses.

In a tweet signed "Jeff and MacKenzie", Bezos revealed that he and his wife of 25 years are officially divorcing.

Jeff and MacKenzie met in 1992 while working at investment management firm D.E. Shaw. While MacKenzie did the driving, Bezos wrote a business plan as they traveling across the country to Seattle - chosen for its abundance of tech talent. That means this divorce could end up being very costly.



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