2019-04-04 22:33:161 Oct 2018 01:53 AM EST
By Laura Tucker, Staff writer; Image: Jeff Bezos (Image source: Public domain)
When you're divorcing the richest man in the world, you can set yourself up really well, especially if you were the wronged party in the breakup. But that's not the case with MacKenzie Bezos. She could have easily taken her ex to the cleaners, but she accepted a very small sum, considering who she's divorcing.
She's divorcing Jeff Bezos, the founder and CEO of Amazon, founder of Blue Origin, and owner of The Washington Post. While there is some debate over how the National Enquirer publisher, AMI, got ahold of Bezos' personal communications, that doesn't change the fact that he was stepping out on his wife with Lauren Sanchez.
This led to a divorce between Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos. But despite having all that property they needed to settle, they have handled it very quickly and smoothly with no drama, at least no public drama. Perhaps they figure there is already enough drama with the story being splayed out on the pages of the National Enquirer.
MacKenzie Bezos tweeted Thursday that she is only keeping 25% of the couple's stock in Amazon, which gives her a 4% stake in the company, meaning the two of them held 16% of Amazon, and he is keeping 12%.
She certainly had laws on her side that she could have really gone after him like many celebrity divorces that end with someone being unfaithful. But she didn't, keeping only 25% to his 75%.
Granted, we're talking Amazon here. That means it's still more money than most of us could ever dream of. Her small 4% is giving her approximately $35 billion in holdings.
Additionally, she's not even free to do what she wants with that small amount of stock. If she chooses to sell it, the buyer has to make an agreement with Jeff Bezos to give him the rights to vote for those shares. Again, it seems generous on MacKenzie Bezos's part.
Not only did she give up a lot, but the ex-Mrs. Bezos said she was "happy" to give him the voting control as well as all his interests in the Washington Post and Blue Origin, a private space company.
She is only taking 4% stock in one company and leaving him in complete control over his other two companies in order to "support his continued contributions with the teams of these incredible companies."
This sounds like a woman who still greatly respects her ex-husband. Despite the fact that he did something terrible, she's walking out of it with comparatively very little. She could have easily asked for much more.
Jeff Bezos repaid the kindness, writing on Twitter that he is "grateful for her support and for her kindness in this process."
They first announced in January they were ending their 25-year marriage, so just three months later, it's over. She's leaving the marriage a multi-millionaire, but she's also leaving her position as the wife of the richest man in the world.
The couple first met while working at the New York-based hedge fund D.E. Shaw. Eventually they moved to Seattle, launched Amazon, and had four kids. His total network is currently estimated at $150 billion, and all she took was a very small piece of that.
Again, it shows that while she was definitely the wronged party, she still has great respect for the type of person he is.
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