It was just 85 days ago that the world’s richest man, Jeff Bezos and his wife of nearly 25 years, MacKenzie Bezos announced their separation, shocking pretty much everyone outside of their inner circle. Now, it’s over. It was largely thought that MacKenzie stood a good chance of walking away with 50% of the Amazon/Bezos fortune. After all, when they met in 1992, Jeff was a mid-level stock broker. She was integral in the early days of Amazon. When the couple moved from Boston to Seattle to found Amazon in 1994, she drove while he wrote the business plan. Neither of them had any idea that this plan of Jeff’s would revolutionize the way people shop and earn them a $150 billion fortune.
In the final divorce settlement, MacKenzie received $35.6 billion of Amazon stock. That accounts for about 4% of the outstanding shares of the company. She has agreed to let Jeff retain voting control over her stake. Jeff retains about 75% of their former combined stake. MacKenzie is now the third-biggest shareholder behind Vanguard investment fund and Jeff. She has also relinquished her rights to The Washington Post and Jeff’s space exploration company Blue Origin. There is not yet any word on how Jeff and MacKenzie are splitting their multiple homes and private jets. The couple has four children: three sons and one daughter they adopted from China.
With the $35.6 billion dollar settlement, MacKenzie Bezos becomes the 4th richest woman in the world behind Jacqueline Mars, Alice Walton, and Francoise Bettencourt-Meyers. The divorce settlement makes her the richest author in the world by far. MacKenzie wrote the novels The Testing of Luther Albright (2005) and Traps (2013). Formerly, J.K. Rowling was the wealthiest author with a $1 billion net worth and James Patterson was the second wealthiest with an $800 million net worth.