Jeff Bezos, Amazon CEO and the richest person in the world, announced on Twitter Wednesday morning that he and his wife of 25 years, MacKenzie Bezos, are getting a divorce.
After a trial separation, they have decided to separate, but will continue to share their lives as friends, Bezos tweeted. They have four children.
Read complete message here:
“We want to make people aware of a development in our lives. 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. We feel incredibly lucky to have found each other and deeply grateful for every one of the years we have been married to each other. If we had known we would separate after 25 years, we would do it all again. We’ve had such a great life together as a married couple, and we also see wonderful futures ahead, as parents, friends, partners in ventures and projects, and as individuals pursuing ventures and adventures. Though the labels might be different, we remain a family, and we remain cherished friends.
Jeff & MacKenzie”
Jeffrey Preston Bezos, the wealthiest person in the world according to Forbes, was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and raised in Houston, Texas. He graduated from Princeton University in 1986 with degrees in electrical engineering and computer science. He worked on Wall Street in a variety of related fields from 1986 to early 1994 when he founded Amazon while on a cross-country road trip from New York City to Seattle.
The company which began as an online bookstore expanded to a variety of products and services, including video and audio streaming. It is currently the world’s largest online sales company, as well as the world’s largest provider of cloud infrastructure services via its Amazon Web Services arm.
On July 27, 2017, he became the world’s wealthiest person when his estimated net worth increased to just over $90 billion. Bezos’s wealth surpassed $100 billion for the first time on November 24, 2017, and he was formally designated the wealthiest person in the world by Forbes on March 6, 2018, with a net worth of $112 billion. The first centi-billionaire on the Forbes wealth index, he was named the “richest man in modern history” after his net worth increased to $150 billion in July 2018.