Jeff Bezos and Ex-Wife MacKenzie Announce Divorce Settlement Terms

MacKenzie Bezos will be awarded about 4 percent of the company, a stake which is worth roughly $36 billion.

Jeff Bezos also retains complete control of the Washington Post and Blue Origin.

MacKenzie Bezos disclosed on Twitter on Thursday that she had given her former husband all of her interests in the Washington Post and the Blue Origin aviation company, as well as 75% of her Amazon stock and voting control over her shares.

"I'm grateful for her support and for her kindness in this process", Jeff Bezos said in a tweet Thursday. "She has been an extraordinary partner, ally, and mother". "She is resourceful and brilliant".

According to an SEC filing Thursday, MacKenzie Bezos will hold shares representing about 4% of Amazon's outstanding common stock, now worth around $35.6 billion.

The divorce is expected to be finalized in about 90 days, the filing said.

The settlement makes MacKenzie, a novelist, one of the wealthiest women in the world and places her in the same class of heiresses who own giant stakes in L'Oreal and Wal-Mart.

The couple's total worth of $143 billion had made them the richest in the world.

At the time of writing, Jeff Bezos has an estimated net worth $149.2 billion United States dollars.

The settlement means Jeff Bezos will continue to be the richest person in the world.

Bezos later accused the tabloid's publisher of threatening to publish explicit photos of him unless he stopped investigating how the Enquirer obtained his private messages.

Mr Bezos said he made a decision to publish the e-mails sent to his team "rather than capitulate to extortion and blackmail" and despite the "personal cost and embarrassment they threaten".

American Media Inc. says in a statement issued Friday it "acted lawfully" while reporting the story.

  • Wendy Palmer