Biggest divorce settlement in history: Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, wife MacKenzie settle at USD 36 billion
MacKenzie becomes the third richest woman in the world after L’Oreal heiress Francoise Bettencourt Meyers and Walmart’s Alice Walton.
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and his wife MacKenzie on Friday recorded the biggest divorce settlement in history after the latter got 36 billion dollars in shares from the world’s richest man. Interestingly, MacKenzie has said she would give all her money to The Washington Post and the space exploration firm Blue Origin owned by Bezos, as she gets 25 percent of the total Amazon stock.
With the settlement, the 48-year-old novelist becomes the third richest woman in the world after L’Oreal heiress Francoise Bettencourt Meyers and Walmart’s Alice Walton. MacKenzie, however, will control four percent of Amazon’s outstanding stock, according to the US Securities and Exchange Commission.
Jeff married MacKenzie in 1993 and they have four children together. He started Amazon in their garage in Seattle to make it one of the biggest e-commerce sites in the world. The settlement comes after Jeff and MacKenzie announced their divorce in January this year.
Jeff still remains the richest man in the world and is followed by Microsoft’s Bill Gates and Berkshire Hathaway chairman Warren Buffett. Both, Jeff and MacKenzie shared notes on Twitter about their settlement and thanked all their family and friends for helping them through it. In a thankful note, Jeff said he is looking forward to their relationship as friends and co-parents, as she has always been an extraordinary partner, ally and mother to his children.