One of the richest men in America, if not the richest, is about to take a hit to his fortune. Jeff Bezos, the billionaire owner of Amazon and the Washington Post, announced this week that he and his wife MacKenzie are calling their marriage quits after twenty-five years, four kids and a trial separation.
Bezos, who is 54, made it clear the divorce is amicable, saying, “We feel incredibly lucky to have found each other and deeply grateful for every one of the years we have been married to each other.”
And, this is interesting … he clearly views the marriage as a success … “If we had known we would separate after 25 years, we would do it all again.”
Uh-huh. Which is why the marriage has now failed.
It is true that none of us knows what happens inside another couple’s house, but one would think a cash pile of over $150 billion would enable the pair to stay together even if they lived apart.
The multi-billion dollar question … is there a prenup? They live in Washington, which is a community property state. That means any assets accrued during the marriage are split 50/50, unless, of course, there’s a prenup. There are signs there was NOT a prenup … Jeff reportedly became a millionaire in 1997….
Jeff and McKenzie announced last year they were starting a charitable fund to help homeless families and create preschools. It seems they will continue to work on their charitable projects together. In his statement, Bezos said they “see wonderful futures ahead, as parents, friends, partners in ventures and projects, and as individuals pursuing ventures and adventures.”
Which begs the question, what went wrong. Entrepreneur made good, loses wife… Something is in the wind.
Anything is possible, but as Mrs. Bezos is a novelist, who knows we might read about it someday in her own words.