Even the wealthiest couple in the world isn’t subjected to breakups. Amazon founder and Chief Executive Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest man, and wife MacKenzie Bezos are divorcing after 25 years of marriage, the couple said on Twitter on Wednesday.
The split seems pretty amicable, but it’s still got that dramatic edge tabloids love thanks to its alleged price tag. TMZ reports there is around $137 billion on the line in this divorce. Of course, it’s not surprising that the world’s richest man would go on to have the world’s most expensive divorce.
— Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) January 9, 2019
Bezos has credited MacKenzie for her support when he uprooted the young couple from New York to Seattle so he could launch the online bookseller that grew into one of the world’s largest retailers. MacKenzie, a Princeton graduate who is now a novelist, did accounting for Amazon for its first year after it was founded in 1994.
If they split their assets equally, MacKenzie could become the richest woman in the world overnight. Her half-share of the combined fortune would be $68 billion, which would put her fifth in the world rich list. The current richest woman is Françoise Bettencourt Meyers, heiress of the L’Oréal empire.
The couple met at New York hedge fund DE Shaw when he interviewed her for a job at the firm. They got engaged within three months of meeting, and after another three months, they married.
Shortly afterward Bezos told her his idea for selling books over the internet, and while admitting she had “no business sense whatsoever” MacKenzie said she could see “how excited he was” and agreed they should leave New York for Seattle to explore his idea.
At the end of the day, marriage isn’t for everyone, but they made it work for as long as they could. Power couples don’t usually end things messy. Expect a clean dividing up of the assets.