Amazon boss Jeff Bezos finalises record-breaking '£27 billion' divorce

Amazon boss Jeff Bezos finalises record-breaking '£27 billion' divorce

Amazon boss Jeff Bezos finalises record-breaking '£27 billion' divorce

Amazon.com Inc founder and Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos will retain voting rights and 75 percent of a $143 billion stake in the company when he and MacKenzie Bezos divorce, they said on Thursday, removing uncertainty around what the split would mean for Amazon shares.

That was MacKenzie Bezos' first tweet, corresponding with a petition for divorce filed Thursday, according to an Amazon securities filing.

The 4% stake would make MacKenzie Bezos one of the world's 20 richest people, worth about $37.5 billion, just above Jacqueline Mars, heiress to the Mars candy company. MacKenzie also accompanied her husband to Hollywood events after Amazon began a concerted push into video and original programming.

This story will be updated. He will probably remain the world's richest person, with a 12 percent Amazon stake that's now valued at $107 billion.

Ms Bezos will get 4% of Amazon, thought to be worth around $35.6 billion (£27 billion), when the divorce is approved, which is expected to happen in about 90 days.


"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", the Bezoses said in a jointly signed statement on Twitter in January. MacKenzie most of all...

"In all our work together, MacKenzie's abilities have been on full display", he added. "Grateful for the past as I look forward to what comes next".

Jeff Bezos, 55, is seen as essential to Amazon's meteoric growth and stock price rise since he founded the company in 1994. "She has been an extraordinary partner, ally, and mother". They are the parents of four children: three sons, and a daughter adopted from China.

MacKenzie, who has written two books, met Bezos after she graduated from Princeton University.

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