Jeff Bezos' Alleged Texts With Lauren Sanchez Surface After Divorce Announcement

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Although the founder, chairman, CEO, and president of Amazon is now listed as the most wealthy man in the world, Jeff Bezos is reportedly set to lose a huge fraction of his fortune due to his impending divorce from his wife of 25 years.

In their statement on Wednesday, Jeff and MacKenzie said they had been going through a "trial separation" in recent months.

The Bezoses tweeted Wednesday that after "a long period of loving exploration and trial separation, we have made a decision to divorce and continue our shared lives as friends".

Subsequent news reports suggest the timing of their announcement may have been forced.

The National Enquirer revealed on Thursday it had tailed the billionaire for four months across five states as he engaged in secret trysts with Lauren Sanchez, a former Fox presenter.

"So we are aiming to fly people early in 2019, but let's be very clear, we've also said this before, only when we're ready", she said, according to the Orlando Sentinel. The couple owned a home in Seattle and have socialised with the Bezoses in the past, the New York Post reported. As an officer and director at the company, Bezos could be required to file an SEC Form 4 within two business days of any transfer, though former SEC lawyer Broc Romanek noted a provision of U.S. securities laws exempts share transfers made pursuant to a domestic relations order.

The other woman: former So You Think You Can Dance host Laura Sanchez. She also has a 17-year-old son with ex Tony Gonzalez.


Sanchez and Bezos reportedly became close after he hired her to shoot aerials for one of his projects.

It was previously reported that the pair had been dating since June, months before Sanchez separated from Whitesell, and nine months before Bezos announced his split from his wife of 25 years on Twitter.

A source told the magazine that Sanchez and her husband had been officially separated since fall. Divorce laws in Washington state, where they live, hold that property acquired during a marriage is generally divided equally between spouses.

The divorce deal could significantly dilute his ownership and control of Amazon.

"It's unlikely there's any risk to the company", said Stuart Slotnick, chairman of the matrimonial department of law firm Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney in New York City. "I'm in the process of converting my Amazon lottery winnings into a much lower price of admission so we can go explore the solar system".

Bezos has repeatedly said he plans to liquidate $1 billion worth of Amazon stock each year to fuel Blue Origin's growth.

And, should Amazon's shares continue to rise, Fortune noted, he could again overtake Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates as the world's richest man.

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