Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos And MacKenzie Tuttle Are Divorcing After 25 Years Together
"If we had known we would separate after 25 years, we would do it all again," wrote Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Brezos about his ongoing divorce in the Twitter announcement that sent shockwaves through Amazon's shareholders and the world at large.
In full, the joint statement between Jeff and soon-to-be ex-wife MacKenzie Tuttle read, "We want to make people aware of a development in our lives. 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."
They continue, "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.- Jeff & MacKenzie."
The news, though surprising to most, seems simply to be a confirmation of what news outlets had suspected since late last year; Jeff had been showing up at major events by himself, when in the past he and MacKenzie had always made it a point to attend as a couple.
Not acknowledged by neither Jeff nor MacKenzie are the rumors surrounding his extra-marital affair with Lauren Sanchez, a Mexican-American helicopter pilot and news anchor who reported on Fox network's Good Day L.A. and previously hosted So You Think You Can Dance?
The two were discovered to have been seeing each other for eight months, giving rise to the speculation that Jeff had been unfaithful to MacKenzie even before their trial separation and official decision to file for divorce.
MacKenzie has likewise kept mum about the big news, allowing Jeff to speak for both of them.
Recalling how their two-decade long relationship began, the 48-year-old author met Jeff in the early 1990s when she was interviewed by him for a job at D.E. Shaw & Co on Wall Street. The two became office neighbors and instantly struck up a friendship that turned into a marriage a mere months later.
As Mr. and Mrs., the couple moved across the country to Seattle where Jeff founded Amazon in 1994, then a tiny company that focused on selling books with an uncertain future.
Today, with three sons and an adoptive daughter, the couple is going their separate ways, leaving everyone to wonder how they will amicably split up a fortune estimated to be worth $137 billion, according to Forbes. The divorce will ultimately have MacKenzie part ways with the world's richest individual in modern history; Jeff surpassed Microsoft's Bill Gates' net worth in July last year, effectively making him the world's wealthiest person and the first to surpass the $100-billion mark.
How this high-profile divorce will play out is anyone's guess—but we hope for the best for Jeff, MacKenzie, their kids, and Amazon of course, too!
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