Ama­zon boss and his £110bn di­vorce

Daily Express - - Front Page - (don’t ex­pect next day de­liv­ery)

AMA­ZON bil­lion­aire Jeff Be­zos, the world’s rich­est man, re­vealed yes­ter­day he is to di­vorce his wife of 25 years in what could be the most ex­pen­sive break-up in his­tory.

The Ama­zon founder who is worth more than £110bil­lion said in a tweet with his wife MacKen­zie that they were to split fol­low­ing a pe­riod of “lov­ing ex­plo­ration and trial sep­a­ra­tion”.

He added that if they had known they would sep­a­rate af­ter 25 years to­gether they would still do it again.

Mr and Mrs Be­zos said they had de­cided to “con­tinue our shared lives as friends”.

The state­ment did not ad­dress if the cou­ple had signed a prenup­tial agree­ment to share his wealth or how they would di­vide up Mr Be­zos’s bil­lions.

Much of that is his 16 per cent stake in Ama­zon but he also owns homes in Wash­ing­ton, New York, Texas and Bev­erly Hills.

Mr Be­zos, 54, started Ama­zon in 1994, the year af­ter he mar­ried his wife, 48, who is a nov­el­ist.

Ama­zon is based in Seat­tle where Mr and Mrs Be­zos have their main home, a £54mil­lion es­tate in Me­d­ina.

Un­der the state’s di­vorce laws all as­sets ac­crued dur­ing the mar­riage are con­sid­ered be­ing equal prop­erty of both spouses, un­less they signed an agree­ment.

The state­ment from Mr and Mrs Be­zos said: “As our fam­ily and close friends know, af­ter a long pe­riod of lov­ing ex­plo­ration and trial sep­a­ra­tion, we have de­cided to di­vorce and con­tinue our shared lives as 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.

“If we had known we would sep­a­rate af­ter 25 years, we would do it all again.

“We’ve had such a great life to­gether as a mar­ried cou­ple, and we also see won­der­ful fu­tures ahead, as par­ents, friends, part­ners in ven­tures and pro­jects, and as in­di­vid­u­als pur­su­ing ven­tures and ad­ven­tures.

“Though the la­bels might be dif­fer­ent, we re­main a fam­ily and we re­main cher­ished friends.” Mr Be­zos met his wife when they were both work­ing at in­vest­ment man­age­ment firm DE Shaw where he was a vice-pres­i­dent and she was a re­search as­sis­tant.

The cou­ple have three sons and adopted a daugh­ter from China.

To­gether they own more land than any other pri­vate in­di­vid­u­als in the United States, ac­cord­ing to re­ports.

Their homes in­clude £10mil­lion es­tate and an £18mil­lion man­sion in Bev­erly Hills and a 400-acre es­tate in Texas.

They also have an £18mil­lion town­house in Wash­ing­ton and a £6mil­lion apart­ment in Man­hat­tan.

The most ex­pen­sive di­vorce in his­tory is said to have been bil­lion­aire Alec Wilden­stein in 1998 from his wife Jo­ce­lyn, which was es­ti­mated at £2.9bil­lion.

Ru­pert Mur­doch is said to have paid out £1.3bil­lion to his wife Anna af­ter 31 years of mar­riage.

Jeff Be­zos and wife MacKen­zie with their three sons and adopted daugh­ter. The Ama­zon founder, inset with his wife, re­vealed the split in a mes­sage on Twit­ter, right

Be­zos with Amer­i­can ac­tress Emmy Ros­sum at Sun­day’s Golden Globes awards in Los An­ge­les. Be­zos’s string of lux­ury homes in­clude an £18mil­lion man­sion in Bev­erly Hills, left

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