The CEO of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, and his wife, MacKenzie, who announced their divorce after 25 years of marriage, had not entered into a prenuptial agreement, which means that they will divide their Fortune shares, according to a report released Thursday.
Bezos, 54, ranks atop the billion-dollar Forbes global ranking with $ 137.1 billion in real-time, and MacKenzie, 48, an award-winning novelist, lives in Washington State, a Community property status ", which means divorce According to TMZ, couples without pre-qualifying divided the assets to 50/50, citing" sources knowing directly "their arrangement.
Since Amazon was founded a year after the Bezoses have united, MacKenzie could report up to $ 66 billion, depending on the value of the company today, according to CNBC.
To finance a settlement of this magnitude, Bezos should sell or pledge shares, which could dilute its ownership and control over the company.
It holds just under 80 million shares, or just under 16% of Amazon's capital, reported CNBC, citing regulatory filings.
But divorce lawyers say MacKenzie will most likely want the family fortune to continue to grow. She will probably not ask for a settlement that would require her to sell shares, according to the media.
On Wednesday, the couple described their separation as very friendly.
"We want to educate people about the development of our lives," tweeted Bezos. "As our family and closest friends know, after a long period of amorous exploration and separation at trial, we decided to divorce and continue our life together as friends."
"We feel extremely lucky to be found and deeply grateful for each year we were married. If we had known that we would separate after 25 years, we would do everything. "
The couple will remain "cherished friends," reads the statement.