Amazon’s Bezos finalizes divorce with $38bn settlement

The Labour leader wrote a card to mark the global giant's 25th anniversary

Reported first by Page Six and Bloomberg, Jeff Bezos and his estranged wife, MacKenzie, just hammered out the final details of their divorce, in which it has been reported that MacKenzie will walk away with a whopping $38,000,000,000. This amount is valued at $38.3 billion, according to Bloomberg. "As our family and close friends know, after a long period of loving exploration and trial separation, we have chose to divorce and continue our shared lives as friends", said Jeff and MacKenzie in a joint statement.

A King County, Washington judge on Friday signed an order formalising the separation.

MacKenzie has now become the 22nd richest person in the world after receiving 19.7 million shares of Amazon stock in the divorce. Jeff Bezos will be retaining a 12% stake and will continue to be the richest man in the world.

MacKenzie Bezos, a novelist, has said she would give all of her stake in The Washington Post and the space exploration firm Blue Origin to her husband as well as voting control of her remaining Amazon stock.

Jeff and Mckenzie married in 1993 and have four children.

She has also promised to donate half her fortune to charity, joining the ranks of the world's ultra-wealthy philanthropists as a signatory of the Giving Pledge.

As Amazon reaches its 25th anniversary today, Jeremy Corbyn has wished the company a happy birthday by sending a card to found Jeff Bezos wishing him "many happy tax returns". In the rankings, Bezos will sit behind Francoise Bettencourt Meyers and Alice Walton, who each have net worths upwards of $50 billion. The Bezoses announced the split in January.

Jeff Bezos commended his wife for her philanthropy.



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