Jeff Bezos and Ex-Wife MacKenzie Announce Divorce Settlement Terms

Jeff and Mac Kenzie Bezos

MacKenzie Bezos disclosed on Twitter on Thursday that she had given her former husband all of her interests in the Washington Post and the Blue Origin aviation company, as well as 75% of her Amazon stock and voting control over her shares.

The Bezos tweeted separately on Thursday that under their settlement MacKenzie will give up her interests in the Washington Post, which Jeff Bezos bought in 2013 and which has been a frequent target of criticism from U.S. President Donald Trump, and the rocket company Blue Origin he founded in 2000.

Jeff Bezos, 55, will continue to exercise sole voting authority over the shares, according to the filing. Her remaining stake in Amazon, valued at roughly $36 billion, is worth more than the stock market values of almost 70 percent of the components of the S&P 500.

Bezos also issued a statement via Twitter, saying in part, "I'm so grateful to all my friends and family for reaching out with encouragement and love".

"Those shares are worth more than $35 billion as of 1:30 p.m".

"She is resourceful and brilliant and loving, and as our futures unroll, I know I'll always be learning from her", he said. While his wife did the driving, Jeff Bezos wrote a business plan. MacKenzie most of all.

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She said this was "to support his continued contributions with the teams of these incredible companies".

Speaking at an event in Berlin last April, Mr Bezos said his wife's support was instrumental when he started the company.

If MacKenzie Bezos sells her shares, the buyer would have to enter into an agreement with Jeff Bezos to grant him the rights to vote those shares, according to the filing.

Bezos claims American Media Inc. threatened to publish intimate photos of him unless he stopped investigating how the tabloid obtained his private exchanges with his mistress.

Bezos is a writer who has published two novels.

In a joint statement, the pair said they would remain partners.

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