Published: Mon, April 08, 2019
Finance | By Loren Pratt

Bezos' ex-wife to surrender 75% of couple's Amazon shares

Bezos' ex-wife to surrender 75% of couple's Amazon shares

Jeff Bezos, who now owns 12 percent of Amazon, remains the world's richest man and the largest shareholder in the company with an estimated fortune of $110 billion, Forbes said, ahead of Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and Berkshire Hathaway chairman Warren Buffett.

Jeff, 55, keeps all the shares in the Washington Post, which he bought in 2013, and his space company Blue Origin.

MacKenzie also expressed excitement to have finished the process of dissolving her marriage and conveyed gratitude to those who have reached out to lend them support.

Once the divorce is complete, MacKenzie Bezos will be the 23rd richest person the world.

MacKenzie left the Amazon founder with 75 per cent of their shared stock in the company, as well as voting control over the almost 20 million shares she is keeping for herself. MacKenzie is almost tied with the third place rank, the $37 billion net worth of Mars candy company heiress Jacqueline Badger Mars. "Grateful for the past as I look forward to what comes next", she said. "It means more than you know", Jeff Bezos wrote.

In the months since Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos first announced they were splitting up, the relationship between Jeff Bezos and Sanchez has been the subject of much scrutiny and news coverage.

MacKenzie said she's "happy" to be giving her ex-husband all her interests in the Washington Post and Blue Origin ... but will be keeping 25% of the Amazon stock the couple shared. She has been an extraordinary partner, ally, and mother. "She is resourceful and brilliant and loving, and as our futures unroll, I know I'll always be learning from her".

A source told PEOPLE in January, Bezos and MacKenzie "grew apart without even knowing it".

Mr Bezos took the unprecedented step of publishing AMI's threats to publish his own intimate photographs, including detailed descriptions of naked selfies, asking: "If in my position I can't stand up to this kind of extortion, how many people can?"

MacKenzie, an alumna and honor graduate of Princeton University, is a novelist and has published two books, The Testing of Luther Albright and Traps. Hours after they announced the divorce, the National Enquirer reported that Jeff Bezos was dating Sanchez.

During their 25 years together, the two became the parents of four children.

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