Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos $137B Divorce Involves No Prenup
Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos $137B Divorce Involves No Prenup
Jeff Bezos Reportedly Had Affair With Lauren Sanchez Before Divorce From Wife MacKenzie
11 January, 2019, 04:28
His wife of 13 years, Lauren Sanchez was revealed to be having an affair with Bezos shortly after the billionaire announced he was divorcinghis wife Mackenzie, 48, on Wednesday. (See their full statement below.) They have yet to file any official paperwork with the courts, confirming expectations that they will seek to handle the matter privately so as to avoid attracting unwanted attention to the company.
According to United States tabloid National Enquirer, Bezos, 54, and Lauren Sanchez, 49, a helicopter pilot and former Fox anchor, have been dating since June.
Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie, did not address the financial terms of their divorce when announcing their split in a joint statement on Wednesday. The couple originally met as colleagues at NY hedge fund D.E. Shaw.
Should Amazon's shares keep rising, Jeff Bezos could return to his spot as the world's richest man.
Her other credits include hosting the first season of "So You Think You Can Dance" and co-hosting "Good Day L.A." on FOX.
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Patrick Whitesell and Lauren Sanchez arrive at the Vanity Fair Oscar party hosted by Graydon Carter held at Sunset Tower on February 27, 2011 in West Hollywood, California.
The pair have two children together, a 12-year-old son and 10-year-old daughter. He drafted the company's original business plan on a laptop while driving cross-country in the early 1990s to Seattle with MacKenzie Bezos at the wheel.
Jeff and Lauren reportedly got close after Lauren and her husband separated.
Citing "sources with direct knowledge", TMZ reports that the Bezos' did not have a prenuptial agreement, so their assets will be split down the middle.
The divorce is further complicated by the fact the couple reside in Washington in the USA which is a "community property state" which means all assets and debts accrued during the marriage are considered equally owned by both spouses, unless a prenuptial agreement states otherwise.
The divorce deal could significantly dilute his ownership and control of Amazon.
The net worth of Jeff Bezos has been estimated at $137 billion. "I'm in the process of converting my Amazon lottery winnings into a much lower price of admission so we can go explore the solar system".
Mr Bezos is the founder and chief executive of Amazon, which recently took Microsoft's spot as the most valuable United States firm.
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