Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos and his wife MacKenzie are divorcing after a relationship that started at a New York hedge fund and is ending after he became the world’s richest person.
They got engaged after three months of dating and married shortly after, in 1993. She was one of the first employees of Amazon at its founding and in 2014 launched Bystander Revolution, an anti-bullying organisation. MacKenzie is the author of two books, including “The Testing of Luther Albright,” a psychological novel about the challenges facing a Sacramento, California father and his family after an earthquake.
“After a long period of loving exploration and trial separation, we have decided to divorce and continue our shared lives as friends,” the couple tweeted on Wednesday.
“It sounds friendly and she doesn’t have any motive to mess with the business,” said Michael Pachter, an analyst at Wedbush Securities Inc. “I presume it will be business as usual, and wouldn’t expect any lingering reaction.” the tweet read.
“Though the labels might be different, we remain a family and we remain cherished friends,” the statement continued.
— Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) January 9, 2019
Jeff Bezos is rated the world’s wealthiest man by Forbes and Bloomberg, with a net worth estimated at around $137 billion. Amazon has just passed Microsoft to become the world’s biggest publicly traded company by market capitalization.