Jeff Bezos' Ex-Wife Gets $35 Billion in Amazon Stock

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his wife Mac Kenzie Bezos arrive for the Axel Springer award ceremony

Jörg Carstensen

MacKenzie Bezos, former wife to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, tweeted out her divorce settlement Thursday - hinting she will walk away from the marriage with more than $36 billion.

The novelist explained that she was "happy" to hand Jeff "all of" her interests in The Washington Post and Blue Origin - the aerospace company he launched in 2000 - as well as 75% of their Amazon stock.

Jeff Bezos, the world's richest man, has reached a divorce settlement with his wife, MacKenzie, which leaves her a 4% stake in Amazon.

She revealed that as part of the divorce, she has given him all of her interests in the Washington Post newspaper, which he owns.

Following the terms being disclosed, Bezos, who remains Amazon's chief executive and largest shareholder, took to Twitter to express his feelings on the end of this chapter.

At Amazon's current share price that would be worth some $35.6 billion.

"She is resourceful and brilliant and loving, and as our futures unroll, I know I'll always be learning from her", he said. Eastern Time on Thursday. The agreement does not make McKenzie the richest woman in the world, as speculation has suggested it might.

Jeff's net worth will remain above $110 billion following the move.

Together the couple owned 78.8 million shares, or about 16 per cent of the company.

Jeff Bezos in February had said the tabloid was trying to blackmail him unless he said in public that the American supermarket tabloid's reporting on him was not politically motivated.

Mr Bezos said he chose to publish the e-mails sent to his team "rather than capitulate to extortion and blackmail" and despite the "personal cost and embarrassment they threaten". The people were not authorized to speak publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The news was posted on Twitter from their respective accounts. They married just six months after they began dating, Jeff Bezos has said. Since then, private investigators have been looking into how the Enquirer got the texts.

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