One user joked that the looming $137 billion divorce should be called Alexit, after Amazon's virtual assistant Alexa. "I presume it will be business as usual, and wouldn't expect any lingering reaction".
Amazon's origins trace back to a road trip that the Bezoses took together not long after they met in NY while working at hedge fund D.E. Shaw.
MacKenzie Bezos met her husband when interviewing for a job at a NY hedge fund, according to a 2013 profile in Vogue.
"Lauren and Jeff have been spending a lot of time together over the previous year and especially the past few months", the source said.
The couple, who have four children, met while working at the hedge fund DE Shaw prior to the founding of the internet retail behemoth.
MacKenzie Bezos is the author of two books, one of which won an American Book Award.
MacKenzie Bezos performed accounting for Amazon in the first year of its existence, but reportedly does not hold any shares directly.
MacKenzie's presence with the company faded in later years. The couple own a home in a wealthy Seattle suburb within the county.
According to Refinitiv Eikon data, MacKenzie does not hold any Amazon shares directly, while Bezos has a 16.1 percent stake worth about $130 billion. MacKenzie also accompanied her husband to Hollywood events after Amazon began a concerted push into video and original programming.
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A divorce could reshape the global wealth ranking.
"We want to make people aware of a development in our lives", he wrote. Bezos eclipsed Gates in October 2017. There's also the fact that in Washington, where they now reside, assets are split 50-50 because it's a community property state.
So, how will the assets be split?
Some Twitter users couldn't resist taking a dig at the company's allegedly low wages and conditions for workers. Ultimately they'll seek a divorce decree stating that the couple's property will be divided according to the agreement. The couple announced the news on Twitter Wednesday just three days shy of Bezos' 55th birthday.
An equal division of such a fortune would be unprecedented.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his wife MacKenzie Bezos have made a decision to split up. Arnall later sought to reopen the case but the Oklahoma Supreme Court dismissed the appeal in 2015.
There's no indication of a prenuptial agreement between the pair, but the couple's statement indicates things are more than amicable.
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