Bezos Divorce Makes MacKenzie World's 3rd Richest Woman

Jeff and Mac Kenzie Bezos

According to Forbes magazine, the divorce settlement makes MacKenzie Bezos the third wealthiest woman in the world after L'Oreal heiress Francoise Bettencourt Meyers and Walmart's Alice Walton.

In a tweet Thursday, MacKenzie Bezos said she would keep 25% of the couple's Amazon stock, which should give her a 4% stake in the company.

Jeff Bezos will retain voting control over all her shares and will also maintain all his interests in the Washington Post and Blue Origin.

Jeff Bezos and his ex-wife, MacKenzie, have just finalized the most expensive divorce in history with a settlement of $36 billion, and despite the substantial loss the Amazon CEO is still the richest person in the world.

Jeff Bezos, 55, and MacKenzie Bezos, 48, met and got married in the early 90s while working at D.E. Shaw, a New York-based hedge fund.

Prior to the settlement, Mr Bezos held a 16.3% stake in Amazon. Shortly after, they packed up and moved across the country to Seattle, where Bezos launched Amazon.

They are asking for joint custody of their two children and neither is asking for child or spousal support, Page Six has confirmed.

Bloomberg's Billionaire's Index compiles its list by taking into account public company fortunes, ownership of private companies (when applicable), and liquid assets, while Bezos wealth is said to be unique due to how concentrated it is.

In his statement, Jeff wrote: 'I'm so grateful to all my friends and family for reaching out with encouragement and love.

Jeff Bezos and MacKenzie Bezos have settled on giving Ms Bezos 4% of Amazon (photo: Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)Blackmail? "MacKenzie most of all", Bezos tweeted on Thursday.

She added: "Excited about my own plans".

"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", he continued. "Grateful for the past as I look forward to what comes next".

'She is resourceful and brilliant and loving and as our futures unroll, I know I'll always be learning from her'.

In it she stated that she was "grateful to have finished the process of dissolving my marriage to Jeff with support from each other".

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