March 20, 2019

Will the world’s richest man give his ex-wife half? Twitter reacts to Jeff Bezos’s divorce

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MacKenzie Bezos’s divorce from Amazon.com Inc. founder Jeff Bezos could make her the world’s richest woman.

With $137.2 billion, Jeff is the world’s richest person, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index; an even split would make MacKenzie, an author, the richest woman with about $69 billion. But even if she receives as little as 1 percent of the fortune, she’d still join the three-comma club.

(FILES) In this file photo dated September 6, 2012 Jeff Bezos, CEO of AMAZON, during a press conference in Santa Monica, California. AFP PHOTO / FILES / JOE KLAMAR

As of now, Francoise Bettencourt Meyers, the granddaughter of the founder of cosmetics manufacturer L’Oreal SA, is the richest woman in the world, with a net worth of $45.6 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, a ranking of the world’s 500 richest people.

Neither the Bezoses nor Amazon have commented on the likely division of the couple’s assets, including a 16 percent stake in the company. But without an agreement stipulating otherwise, their wealth would almost certainly be divided equally, according to Karin Lundell, a partner at law firm Rower LLC in New York.

Now that Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has announced his divorce from wife MacKenzie, Twitter wants to know if he will have to give her half his wealth.

In a statement on his Twitter account, Bezos, the richest man in the world according to Forbes, announced that he and his wife of 25 years are splitting. 

“After a long period of loving exploration and trial separation, we have decided to divorce and continue our shared lives as friends,” the two said in a joint statement. 

In the wake of the divorce, many on social media have been questioning how the couple will split their assets.

According to Bloomberg, an even split of  the Amazon founder’s  US $137bn stash would make MacKenzie Bezos the richest woman in the world, walking away with almost $69bn.

Amazon.com founder Bezos currently has a 16% stake in the company. He also owns newspaper The Washington Post which he bought in 2013 for $250m  and aerospace company Blue Origin, according to Forbes.

“Jeff Bezos” trended on Twitter soon after the announcement, and many were curious about how much of his wealth he would have to share with his soon-to-be ex. 

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