As part of the agreement, Mackenzie Bezos agreed to cede all shares of The Washington Post and Aerospace Blue Origin to her husband. Four percent of Amazon’s shares (a quarter of the joint share) remained behind it – their value is estimated at $ 35.7 billion, Bloomberg writes. On April 4, the couple filed a petition for divorce, a formal decision is expected in early July, says Forbes.
After the divorce, Mackenzie Bezos will take fourth place in the ranking of the richest women in the world according to Bloomberg. According to estimates of the magazine, it will be third in the ranking, second only to the heiress of LʼOreal cosmetics company, Françoise Bettencourt-Meyer (52.9 billion dollars) and the daughter of Walmart founder Alice Walton (45 billion dollars). Jeff Bezos with a fortune over 110 billion dollars after a divorce will retain the status of the richest person on the planet.
"I am glad that the process of divorce with Jeff ended with mutual support," Mackenzie wrote. She said that now she "can not wait to realize their own plans," and thanked her husband for the past. Jeff Bezos, with his Twitter account, also thanked her "for her kindness and support" and noted that during the 25 years of her marriage, Mackenzie was "a wonderful partner, ally and mother."
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Jeff Bezos announced his intention to divorce his wife in January 2019. The reason for the divorce was the billionaire romance with former TV host Lauren Sanchez. By law, spouses must share property, including income earned during their life together. It remained unknown whether Jeff and Mackenzie entered into a marriage contract, which spelled out other conditions for the division of property in the event of divorce.