The divorce announcement of Amazon founder and CEO, Jeff Bezos, and wife, MacKenzie Bezos, was made via Twitter on Wednesday, Jan. 2. And, it likely shocked many Florida residents as the couple are considered to be the richest in the world, with Jeff Bezos having an estimated worth of over $137 billion. MacKenzie Bezos was one of the first employees at Amazon. However, she and her husband met prior to the Amazon start-up at a hedge fund and technology development firm by the name of D.E. Shaw, where Jeff was her boss.
It is said that the Amazon business plan was created by the couple during a cross-country drive from New York to Seattle. In addition to the global empire, MacKenzie Bezos is also a novelist. Her writings include Traps and The Testing of Luther Albright.
The couple have been in a period of trial separation, and ultimately decided that divorce is the best option. It is now expected to be the world’s most expensive divorce, and could potentially make her the world’s richest woman, if she receives half of the fortune. The couple have kept quiet regarding the division of assets. The couple were married in Washington, which is a community property state. That means all property acquired during the marriage shall be split among the parties equally.
Divorce cases where a marriage has lasted 20 years or more, and there is considerable wealth to be distributed, are complicated. But, the main objective of the court is to make sure all assets are distributed as evenly as possible, and both parties can remain financially secure for the rest of their lives.