One of the greatest wealth transfers in history is expected in the coming days.
With a judge's pen, a $ US38 billion stake in Amazon.com will pass to MacKenzie Bezos as part of her separation from corporate founder Jeff Bezos.
"This is Godzilla of all divorces," said Peter Walzer, president of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and founder of Walzer Melcher. "Nothing comes close to it because of the amount of wealth shared."
A regulatory disclosure describing the shift in ownership is expected in early July, according to an April filing. It will give a rare glimpse into the world's richest divorce, a result of the US Securities and Exchange Commission rules that require insiders to disclose changes in their holdings.
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While divorce cases are not secret in the Washington state, little else is expected to be revealed. "Even in states where there are no confidential parties, it can become a file for divorce but not an attachment agreement," Walzer said. Jeff Bezos, 55, is the world's richest person, with a 12 percent Amazon stake worth $ US112 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.
Han & # 39; I keep other assets, including the Washington Post and Space Exploration firm Blue Origin, MacKenzie Bezos said in an April tweet.
The amounts involved are second to none. While Oracle's Larry Ellison has been through several divorce, no one has affected his share in the software. Similarly, Google co-founded Sergey Brins stake unchanged after he and Anne Wojcicki divorced without fanfare in 2015.
The oil industry's magnate Harold Hamm's separation from Sue Ann Arnall was far messiere. The couple filed for divorce in 2012 after 26 years of marriage, and their lawsuit two years later ended with Hamm, the mayor and CEO of Continental Resources, who was ordered to pay her $ US972 million of his then estimated $ US16.1 billion  Arnall later sought to recover the case, but the Supreme Court of Oklahoma rejected the appeal in 2015.
MacKenzie Bezos has said that she intends to give away much of her wealth. She signed the Giving Pledge in May, and promised to donate more than half of her fortune to philanthropy.
"I don't want to wait," she wrote in her promise. "And I will keep it until the security is empty."
The divorce notice identifies Washington-based Ted Billbe as her lawyer. Seattle's Sherri Anderson is a lawyer for Jeff Bezos. No response to comment requests. Although other details are under cover, the case is set to be a cornerstone of the conversation among divorce lawyers.
"Everyone in my business asks about it," Walzer said.