The divorce of MacKenzie Bezos from the World’s richest man and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos will make her the fourth-richest woman in the world.
According to divorce agreement, Jeff, 55, will keep 75 percent of their joint $144billion Amazon stake, leaving MacKenzie with just a quarter which represents a four percent stake in the company worth $35.8billion.
MacKenzie Bezos will be the 23rd richest person in the world on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, Bloomberg reported late Thursday.
The richest woman in the world is L’Oreal heiress Francoise Bettencourt Meyers, with a net worth of $53.7 billion, according to Bloomberg. The second wealthiest woman is Alice Walton, the billionaire daughter of Walmart’s founder. Her net worth is $44.2 billion.
In third place, with a net worth of $37 billion, is Jacqueline Badger Mars, a co-owner of the candy empire.
The pair announced the details in tweets on Thursday afternoon but offered no explanation as to why MacKenzie, who has helped build Amazon since it launched in 1994, will walk away with just half of what she is entitled to after 26 years of marriage.
Amazon founder Jeff’s 12 percent stake is now worth around $107.5billion which allows him to retain his title as the richest man in the world.
He will also take voting control of his ex-wife’s remaining shares, and has been given her interest in The Washington Post, which he bought for $250million in 2013, and Blue Origin, his space travel company which he is currently investing in.
On Wednesday, Jeff Bezos and his estranged wife MacKenzie Bezos who have four children together confirmed the end of their 25 years marriage and said they were ‘grateful’ after finishing the process of their divorce.
In her Twitter statement, MacKenzie said ‘Happy to be giving him all of my interest in the Washington Post and Blue Origin and 75% of our Amazon stock plus voting control of my shares to support his continued contributions with the teams of these incredible companies.
In his statement, Jeff wrote: ‘I’m 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’m grateful for her support and for her kindness in this process and am very much looking forward to our new relationship as friends and co-parents. ‘In all our work together, MacKenzie’s abilities have been on full display.
‘She has been an extraordinary partner, ally and mother.’She is resourceful and brilliant and loving and as our futures unroll, I know I’ll always be learning from her.’
MacKenzie and Jeff had been married for a year when he founded Amazon in 1994 as an online bookstore. She then drove him him across the country, from their New York City home to Seattle, to attract investors.