Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos are getting divorced after 25 years

Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos are getting divorced after 25 years

Amazon founder and chief executive Jeffrey Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie, are getting a divorce.

The richest man in the world, now worth about $137 billion, according to Bloomberg, made the divorce announcement on Wednesday on his Twitter. The note signed by both said that after "a long period of loving exploration and trial separation", they expect to "continue our lives as friends".

The Bezos' met in 1992 while working at a hedge fund in NY, and married the next year. Bezos, 54, is worth $137 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, a ranking of the world's 500 wealthiest individuals.

Putting out a statement on Twitter, Bezos said he and MacKenzie will remain "cherished friends".

Bezos also became a millionaire only in 1997 - four years after they got married.

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Reports in the United States claimed shares in Amazon dropped shortly after the couple announced they were parting ways after a quarter of a decade.

MacKenzie, a Princeton graduate, landed the gig as a research associate and the two office neighbors fell in love - fast.

"I think my wife is resourceful, smart, brainy, and hot, but I had the good fortune of having seen her résumé before I met her, so I knew exactly what her SATs were", he told Vogue.

MacKenize said after that she began her campaign to win him over by suggesting lunch and then after three months of dating, they were engaged.

Last year, the couple announced plans to commit $2 billion to fund existing nonprofits that help homeless families and also to create a network of preschools in low-income communities. Bezos founded Amazon in 1994.

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