After a few months of negotiations over the separation of assets after the divorce, Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos have finally reached an agreement on Amazon : Jeff, the CEO and founder of the company, will hold 75% of his shares in the company, while his ex-wife MacKenzie will get 25% of the shares that belonged to her ex-husband – basically 1% for each year the two were together.
The decision was announced by both on Thursday (4) on Twitter. Despite giving his ex-wife 25% of his shares of Amazon, the voting power of these shares will still be with Jeff, which means that MacKenzie will have no power over the future decisions of the company. In the split, the billionaire also retained full control over The Washington Post and Blue Origin space exploration company.
— MacKenzie Bezos (@mackenziebezos) April 4, 2019
That means even after the divorce, Jeff Bezos will remain the richest man in the world, leaving his ex-wife with only a small portion of his $ 130 billion worth of money.
— Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) April 4, 2019
The divorce of Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos was announced by both in January of this year, shortly after the tabloid National Inquirer published a story that revealed that Jeff Bezos was having an affair with former TV presenter Lauren Sanchez. Since the announcement, the technology and finance market has raged over how the dividend process would be, as this would be the first chance in years for Bezos not to top the list of the richest men in the world.
Jeff and MacKenzie met in New York when they both worked for the DE Shaw investment firm. They were married in 1993, and the same year they moved to Seattle, where they founded Amazon together. MacKenzie was a figure of extreme importance for the company’s development during the early years, but in the last decade left the whole command of the company in the hands of her husband, summing up to accompany him in social events and company parties.