Amazon's Jeff Bezos worth $150bn announces divorce from wife MacKenzie

Jeff & Mac Kenzie Bezos Announce What Could Be The Priciest Divorce Ever

Bezos is worth more than $137 billion, according to Bloomberg, making him the richest person in the world.

CEO Jeff Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie, announced Wednesday that they are divorcing.

The couple made a decision to divorce after a long period of "loving exploration" and trial separation, and expect to continue as partners in joint ventures and projects, according to their joint statement. The two said that if they had known they would separate after 25 years of marriage, they would do it all again.

The pair left NY for Washington state and married a year later. He interviewed her. They dated for three months and announced that they were engaged.

Amazon was worth $797bn (£634bn) when the United States stock market closed on Monday, after rising 3.4% and moving past Microsoft, valued at $789bn.

The joint statement the pair put out on Twitter appeared to be amicable with Jeff, 54, and MacKenzie, 48, who share four children, vowing to remain a family and "cherished friends".

In a 2013 profile in Vogue, she described herself as a "lottery victor of a certain kind" but not in monetary terms.

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Divorce attorney experts told CNBC that MacKenzie would most likely not want to impact her ex's ownership stake because it would ultimately affect the growth of the Bezos family fortune.

"That's the way you would typically have handled this circumstance, and because the announcement came, they most likely have been working on the framework of the settlement", Payseno said.

Evan Agostini/Invision/AP Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos have been married for 25 years.

The company's stock price closed at $1,659.42 a share Wednesday, giving Amazon a total market value of $811 billion, higher than any public company on the planet.

Last January, the couple donated $33 million to fund college scholarships for U.S. high schoolers with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status, an Obama-era program protecting young immigrants brought to the United States illegally by their parents.

Last year, Jeff and MacKenzie launched the homeless charity Day One Fund together.

Bezos is the founder and largest shareholder of Amazon, the world's biggest online retailer.

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