Amazon founder, wife announce they're divorcing after 25 years

Jeff Bezos and his wife, Mackenzie, are separating in what could be a billion-dollar divorce. The online shopping pioneer's net worth is reported to be $137 billion.
3:25 | 01/10/19

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We do begin with new details on what could be the most expensive divorce in history. Jeff bezos, the Amazon founder is calling it quits with his wife Mackenzie after 25 years. Amy has more and learned there is no prenup. There is no prenup and as you said, he is the richest man in the world but you want some perspective. Some estimate that $88,000 to him is like $1 to the average person. How is that for perspective? But could a split from his wife of 25 years cost him much of that fortune he spent the last several decades building? It's the divorce that has the tech world buzzing. The world's richest man, Amazon CEO Jeff bezos announcing he and his wife Mackenzie are splits up after 25 years. The couple releasing a joint statement Wednesday reading in part, after a long period of loving exploration and trial separation, we have decided to divorce and continue our shared lives as friends. If we had known we would separate after 25 years, we would do it again. Photos surfacing of the company looking happy in love in Italy. So many asking why the divorce now? National enquirer saying it's because of former good day host Lauren Sanchez said to be secretly dating bezos. The two photographed together in 2016. 54-year-old bezos who pioneered online shopping currently tops "Forbes" list of the world's richest people with a reported net worth of $137 billion, amassing several multimillion dollar homes across the country and even his own private jet. TMZ reports they did not have a prenup meaning that $137 billion could be split right down the middle and unclear whether they have a postnup. This is going to be one of the biggest ticket divorces ever. Reporter: From the start bezos' wife by his side meeting at a Manhattan hedge fund after Jeff graduated from princeton. Their offices right next to each other. Through the walls I would hear him laughing, that giant laugh. All day long. And it was totally love at first listen. Reporter: Engaged in just three months, married in six bezos not yet a millionaire the couple moved to this small home in Seattle launching Amazon and having four kids. From 1993 to today, the couple transforming both their bank account and their style. Mackenzie, one of the company's earliest employees is also an author who studied under Toni Morrison in college. Jeff told "Vogue," I think my wife is resourceful, smart, brainy and hot but I had the good fortune of seeing her resume so I knew exactly what her S.A.T.S were and credited her for starting Amazon in a 2010 princeton commencement speech. Mackenzie, also a princeton grad and sitting in the second row told me I should go for it. Reporter: And lawyers like celebrity family law attorney and creator of the divorce platform it's over easy Laura Wasser says this divorce might go over and easy. Two smart people that have been together a long time. Raised children together, created a great deal of wealth together should be able to work it out. So with that $137 billion at stake, if they split it evenly, well, she'd become the richest woman in the world. There you go. What a story.

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