Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and his now ex-wife, MacKenzie Tuttle, formalized their divorce, the most expensive in history. Last Thursday they reached an agreement to end their marriage valued at around 38.3 billion dollars.
Under the agreement, MacKenzie, 49, will receive approximately 19.7 million shares of Amazon, ie a 4% stake in the company, equivalent to 38.300 billion dollars, which places her in the 22nd position in the ranking of Billionaires and as the third richest woman, only behind the heiress of L’Oreal, Francoise Bettencourt Meyers, and of the heiress of Walmart, Alice Walton.
The figure is vastly superior to other millionaire divorces, such as Madonna, Paul McCartney, Harrison Ford, Steven Spielberg, Mick Jagger, Tiger Woods, Mel Gibson and Roman Abramovich, among others.
A judge from King County, Washington state, in the northwestern United States, ended the divorce. Bezos, 55, will maintain a 12% stake and remain the richest person in the world.
Amazon became a giant of the electronic commerce that last year generated sales by value of 232,800 million dollars and helped Bezos and his family to amass a fortune of 131,000 million dollars, according to the specialized magazine Forbes.
Writer MacKenzie Bezos said she plans to leave all her stake in The Washington Post and the Blue Origin space exploration company to her husband, as well as the voting rights associated with her remaining stake in Amazon.
She also pledged to donate half of her fortune to The Giving Pledge, a charitable organization that brings together the world’s richest taxpayers, including Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Warren Buffett and Bill Gates.
Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos were married in 1993 and have four children. Jeff Bezos founded Amazon in his garage in Seattle in 1994 and turned it into a colossus that dominates the world of online commerce.
MacKenzie Bezos grew up in San Francisco and wrote two novels, Testing of Luther Albright and Traps. In 1992, she obtained a degree in English at Princeton University, where her husband also studied, although some years before.
During her training, she received classes from Pulitzer and Nobel Literature winner Toni Morrison, who praised her student’s talent and considered that she “was one of the best students” she had in her creative writing classes.
Casandra Williams a graduate of Ross School of Columbia Business School. She is based in NYC but travels much of the year. Casandra has written for NPR, Motherboard, MSN Money, and the Huffington Post. Casandra is a financial reporter, focusing on technology, national security, and policing.