The world’s wealthiest man, Jeff Bezos, announced a divorce from his wife of 25 years, MacKenzie Bezos, on Twitter on Wednesday morning.
“We want to make people aware of a development in our lives,” the couple said in a joint statement.
“As our family and close friends know, after a long period of loving exploration and trial separation, we have decided to divorce and continue our shared lives as friends.”
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The couple has four children.
Bezos is the founder and largest shareholder of Amazon, the world’s biggest online retailer.
With an estimated worth about $137 billion, according to Bloomberg, Bezos is also the owner of the left-leaning Washington Post, which has been vehemently and relentlessly critical of President Donald Trump ever since he won the presidential election of 2016.
Bezos bought The Post in 2013 in a $250 million deal.
World's richest man Jeff Bezos divorces pic.twitter.com/r6zyhwWIco
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Washington state, where the Bezos family lives, is a community property state. That means that any wealth made during their marriage could be split equally between the two. https://t.co/jnNHNpVso2
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The Seattle-based publicly traded behemoth runs retail websites Zappos and Audible, serves as a platform for third-party vendors, and provides cloud computing services.
In 2017, Amazon reported revenue of $178 billion, according to Bloomberg.
News of the couple’s split has been exploding on social media, with some already anticipating the largest divorce settlement of all time.
Elizabeth Economou is a former CNBC staff writer and adjunct professor.