Jeff Bezos and his wife MacKenzie have settled their divorce – and the richest man in the world got off lightly.
Jeff will keep 75 percent of their Amazon stocks, leaving MacKenzie with just a quarter which represents a four percent stake in the company worth around $36billion at current value.
Jeff’s 12 percent stake is now worth around $100billion which allows him to retain his title as the richest man in the world, with $4billion more than Bill Gates.
He will also take voting control of his ex-wife’s remaining quarter and has been given her stock in The Washington Post and Blue Origin, his space exploration company.
The pair announced the details in tweets on Thursday afternoon but offered no explanation as to why MacKenzie, who helped build the company, will walk away with just half of what she is entitled to after 26 years of marriage.
‘Happy to be giving him all of my interest in the Washington Post and Blue Origin and 75% of our Amazon stock plus voting control of my shares to support his continued contributions with the teams of these incredible companies.
‘Excited about my own plans. Grateful for the past as I look forward to what comes next,’ MacKenzie said.
In his statement, Jeff wrote: ‘I’m so grateful to all my friends and family for reaching out with encouragement and love.
‘It means more than you know. MacKenzie most of all. I’m grateful for her support and for her kindess int hsi process and am very much looking forward to our new relationship as friends and co-parents.
‘In all our work together, MacKenzie’s abilities have been on full display. 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.’