Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, wife settle $36 billion divorce

MacKenzie and Jeff Bezos

Jeff also took to Twitter to express gratitude to friends and family for their encouragement and love while the divorce process lasted.

In her first and only tweet, MacKenzie announced the settlement and said that she is "Grateful for the past as [she] look [s] forward to what comes next".

Bezos current fortune is down from $150 billion to $114 billion after agreeing to let MacKenzie retain 4% of Amazon's outstanding common stock, yet that still places him well ahead of Bill Gates who's the world's second most wealthy individual with a fortune of $102 billion.

The ex-Mrs. Bezos said that she is, "Grateful to have finished the process of dissolving my marriage with Jeff with support from each other and everyone who reached out to us in kindness, and looking forward to next phase as co-parents and friends". "And I'm 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", he said.

Here are a few things to know about MacKenzie Bezos.

Throughout their divorce proceedings ー the couple first announced their separation in January, and finalized the split only a few months later ー the two have maintained the appearance of a mature and agreeable divorce, Pollock said.

MacKenzie Bezos will be the 23rd richest person in the world on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, Bloomberg reported late Thursday.

Added the insider, "Jeff is so busy in many areas where he is communicating with all kinds of people and traveling".

MacKenzie, who has written two books, met Bezos after she graduated from Princeton University. Reports also did rounds of Jeff Bezos cheating on his wife with ex-news anchor, Lauren Sanchez, a claim he denied later.

Ms Sanchez and Mr Whitesell both filed divorce petitions in Los Angeles on Friday, however, we're told this is just a formality because Hollywood power agent Mr Whitesell and Ms Sanchez have spent more than six months negotiating and agreeing to the terms.

The couple have four children and have known each other since before Jeff established Amazon in 1994.

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