Published: Sat, January 12, 2019
Finance | By Loren Pratt

Jeff Bezos announces divorce amid reports he was seeing another woman

Jeff Bezos announces divorce amid reports he was seeing another woman

Notably, the couple hasn't announced the reason why they have chose to part ways after being together for over two decades. He's the co-CEO of the major Hollywood agency WME.

Bezos founded Amazon one year after they married in 1993, which means MacKenzie could end up with roughly $69 million from her now-estranged husband's fortune.

Sanchez, 49, is also divorcing husband and Hollywood agent Patrick Whitesell, PEOPLE confirms.

The couple has lived in Seattle since 1994.

Just hours after Jeff Bezos announced his divorce from wife of 25 years, MacKenzie, sources told PEOPLE he was dating former news anchor Lauren Sanchez.

The couple claimed they had been going through a "trial separation" in recent months.

The Enquirer said it had trailed Bezos and Sanchez for some time, and on Thursday it published images of the pair together.In one photo on the Enquirer's front page, the duo appear to be holding hands.

Lauren, who is now separated, was married to Jeff's friend, Patrick Whitesell. They did not provide a reason for their separation.

The likely scenario could be a buyout of Mrs Bezos shares or for her to retain the shares.

The couple announced their split in a joint statement on Wednesday on Twitter.

"We have made a decision to divorce and continue our shared lives as friends", they said in the statement, which was posted to Jeff Bezos' Twitter page. The two said that if they had known they would separate after 25 years of marriage, they would do it all again.

According to Forbes' real-time ranking of the world's richest billionaires, Bezos is worth $136.6 billion ($A190bn). The statement did not mention how the two will split that fortune, though experts believed that's already been hashed out.

That includes stock ownership, although Amazon has not filed any regulatory documents to suggest Bezos' stake in the company has changed.

The company passed Microsoft this week to become the world's biggest publicly traded company by market capitalisation. "My office was next door to his, and all day long I listened to that fabulous laugh", she told Vogue in a 2013 interview.

MacKenzie is an author of multiple novels, including Traps and The Testing of Luther Albright.

The couple lives primarily in Washington State, which requires divorcing spouses to equitably divide "community property", including all income generated during a marriage.

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