Jeff Bezos and MacKenzie issued a joint statement on Wednesday, confirming the news that after a trial separation, they have decided to divorce and spend their shared lives as nothing but friends.
"We feel incredibly lucky to have found each other and deeply grateful for every one of the years we have been married to each other," the joint statement continued. "If we had known we would separate after 25 years, we would do it all again."
Jeff Bezos met MacKenzie Tuttle back in 1992 when he was working for D. E. Shaw in New York. At that time, MacKenzie was a research associate at the firm. After dating for a couple of months, the couple got married in 1993. A year later, they decided to move to Seattle, where Bezos founded Amazon.
In their joint statement, Jeff and MacKenzie further added that they both are looking forward to continuing working together as "parents, friends, partners in ventures and projects, and as individuals pursuing ventures and adventures."
As per multiple reports by Forbes and Bloomberg Billionaires Index, Amazon's CEO Jeff Bezos has an estimated net worth of $137 billion, which means that the divorce proceedings and settlements are going to be extra costly for the Albuquerque-born technology entrepreneur.
Jeff Bezos and MacKenzie Tuttle live in Washington, which as per reports is a community property state. If the former couple has entered any prenup arrangements then the divorce proceedings will go as per the pre-marriage documents, otherwise, they have to split everything equally. If that happens then Bezos may have to say goodbye to his $68 billion, which will hugely impact him from every front.
In addition to this, if the couple split their fortune equally, it would leave MacKenzie with $68 billion, making her the world's richest woman.
At the same time, as of now, the details of the custody of their four children is not yet disclosed. If MacKenzie files for sole custody, then Jeff may have to pay for his three sons and one adopted daughter.