Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his wife MacKenzie Bezos have completed their divorce.
The couple released statements on Twitter on Thursday confirming that they have "finished dissolving" their marriage and will now be co-parents of their four children. MacKenzie Bezos states in her statement that she gives Jeff Bezos all her interests in the Washington Post and Blue Origin, and 75% of the Amazon share is owned by the couple and voting rights over the shares she retains.
Her remaining share in Amazon is estimated to be worth about $ 35.7 billion at current prices, making her the third richest woman in the world, according to Forbes' list.
Mackenzie Bezos posted this statement to Twitter :
"Thank you for completing the process of solving my marriage to Jeff with the support of each other and all who came to us in goodness and looking for forward to the next stage as co-parents and friends, happy to give him all my interests in the Washington Post and Blue Origin, and 75% of the Amazon share plus voting control of my shares to support his continued contribution with the teams in these incredible companies own plans. Grateful for the past as I look forward to what comes next. "
Jeff Bezos gave his own statement thank MacKenzie for" her goodness in this process. "
"I am so grateful to all my friends and family for reaching out with encouragement and love. It means more than you know. MacKenzie most of all. I am grateful for her support and for her goodness in this process and I Looks forward to our new relationship as friends and co-parents.
In all our work, MacKenzie's abilities have been full-screen, she has been an extraordinary partner, ally and mother, resourceful and brilliant and loving, and as Our futures roll out, I know I should always learn from her. "
Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos announced in January that they were divorced after 25 years of marriage. Soon after, the National Enquirer reported that the Amazon CEO had an extramarital affair with former TV anchor Lauren Sanchez.
The National Enquirer said it had "raunchy messages and erotic selfies" exchanged between Bezos and Sanchez, which resulted in Bezos launching a survey of who had leaked the personal messages. Shortly afterwards, Bezos published an explosive blog post accusing AMI, the publisher of the National Enquirer, of "extortion and extortion". Bezos claimed that AMI threatened to release the intimate images it had received, unless he agreed to stop investigating leaks and making a public statement that denied leaks, was politically motivated – two things he said he refused to do.
Bezos also indicated in his post that there is a bond between the National Inquirer's investigation of his personal life and the Saudi government.
In the wake of the blog post, Bezos is demanding extortion during the assessment of federal prosecutors.
This story is developing …