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The Lounge>"Holy No Prenup, Batman!" Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos file for 137billion dollar divorce
JakeF 02:19 PM 01-09-2019
Biggest divorce settlement in history if there isn't a prenup, there doesn't appear to be. :-)

THE NEW YORK POST

Jeff Bezos and wife MacKenzie announce divorce — unclear if the couple has a prenuptial agreement

By 0 and Lia Eustachewich
Published: Jan 9, 2019 11:49 a.m. ET
https://www.marketwatch.com/story/je...ent-2019-01-09
The Amazon founder and his wife are divorcing after 25 years of marriage.

Amazon AMZN, +0.47% CEO Jeff Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie, are divorcing after 25 years of marriage, the couple announced Wednesday.

“We want to make people aware of a development in our lives,” tweeted Bezos, the world’s richest person. “As our family and close friends know, after a long period of loving exploration and trial separate, we have decided to divorce and continue our shared lives as friends.”

He continued: “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.”

The 54-year-old sits at the top of Forbes world’s billionaires ranking, with a real-time worth of $137.4 billion.

It’s unclear if the couple has a prenuptial agreement.

They reside in Washington state, which is a “community property state” — meaning divorcing couples without a prenup split assets 50-50, TMZ reported.


The Bezos own five homes in Medina, Washington, Beverly Hills, Van Horn, Texas, DC and Manhattan — making Jeff the 25th biggest landowner in the nation, Business Insider said.

The couple met in New York at hedge fund D.E. Shaw when Jeff, the company’s vice president, interviewed MacKenzie for a job, according to Business Insider.

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

MacKenzie, who was 23 at the time and made the first move by asking Jeff out to lunch, was smitten.

“My office was next door to his, and all day long I listened to that fabulous laugh,” she recalled in a 2013 interview with Vogue. “How could you not fall in love with that laugh?”

Within three months, they were engaged and, three months later in 1993, they were hitched.

Jeff also gushed about his longtime love.

“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.

In 1994, the newlyweds quit their Wall Street jobs and moved cross country to Seattle, where Jeff launched Amazon. He hired MacKenzie as an accountant — as one of the online bookstore’s first employees.

“To me, watching your spouse, somebody that you love, have an adventure — what is better than that?” MacKenzie told CBS.

The couple went on to have four children.

MacKenzie, 48, is an award-winning novelist who penned the “The Testing of Luther Albright” in 2005 and “Traps” eight years later.

At Princeton, where Jeff also attended, she studied under legendary author Toni Morrison, who told Vogue that she was “one of the best students” she ever had.

Last year, Jeff and MacKenzie launched the homeless charity Day One Fund together.

In his statement on Wednesday, he hinted that he and his soon-to-be ex-wife would continue working together.

“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,” Jeff wrote. “Though the labels might be different, we remain a family, and we remain cherished friends.”
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JakeF 03:23 PM 01-10-2019
Originally Posted by EyePod:
:-) There is no way that Amazon happens if she wasn't there supporting him. Being able to let go of home and focus on growing Amazon happened because of that support.

I'm just blown away that anyone can be this jaded.
Call me jaded, I'll call you naive.

Jeff Bezos would have created Amazon whether he was single or married.

Unless MacKenzie contributed conceptually to the business platform, she doesn't deserve a larger amount than a regular divorce w/child support would deserve. His wife didn't create 137 billion, he did.

Any amount larger than 1 billion is a disgusting joke.

That settlement is going to hurt the business too because he will have to sell massive amounts of stocks to give her half his money or just give her half his stocks. Either way, he might lose control of his own business. Amazon is now going to be own and controlled by Jeff AND MacKenzie. Who knows what decisions she'll make. It could easily destroy the confidence of his stock owners.
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EyePod 03:26 PM 01-10-2019
Originally Posted by Donger:
How old is your wife?
Same age as me. We've been together since high school, through college, and through building our family too.
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Donger 03:28 PM 01-10-2019
Originally Posted by EyePod:
Same age as me. We've been together since high school, through college, and through building our family too.
Well, good luck when she hits 42-45
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EyePod 03:31 PM 01-10-2019
Originally Posted by JakeF:
Call me jaded, I'll call you naive.

Jeff Bezos would have created Amazon whether he was single or married.

Unless MacKenzie contributed conceptually to the business platform, she doesn't deserve a larger amount than a regular divorce w/child support would deserve. His wife didn't create 137 billion, he did.

Any amount larger than 1 billion is a disgusting joke.

That's a settlement is going to hurt the business too because he will have to sell massive amounts of stocks or give her half his stock. Either way, he loses control of his own business. It could destroy the confidence of his stock owners.
To the last paragraph first - we have no idea how the settlement is structured. Could be smaller #'s and larger in a trust for the kids.

To the other piece, about her having to contribute "conceptually" seems ridiculous. We have no idea how she contributed from as a filter "that idea is dumb", support (coming home to dinner), or even inspiration.

They decided when they got married that they didn't need a pre-nup, and you can't change the rules after the fact just because it suits you.

And I'm not naive. My wife and I both know exactly how much our household is spending, talk about how we're going to spend it on all expenses every month, long term plan for the house, retirement, vacations, college for our kids, and ultimately death.
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JakeF 03:33 PM 01-10-2019
Originally Posted by EyePod:
Same age as me. We've been together since high school, through college, and through building our family too.
You're projecting your life and love for your wife on the Bezos situation.


I'm super glad that you're happy, I really am. That doesn't mean everyone else has the same situation.
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EyePod 03:33 PM 01-10-2019
Originally Posted by Donger:
Well, good luck when she hits 42-45
Oof. I'm sensing there's personal experience here. We're not at that age yet, but I also am going to try to make sure that we don't end up there.
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Donger 03:34 PM 01-10-2019
Originally Posted by JakeF:
You're projecting your life and love for your wife on the Bezos situation.


I'm super glad that you're happy, I really am. That doesn't mean everyone else has the same situation.
https://www.businessinsider.com/jeff...-told-vogue-15
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EyePod 03:35 PM 01-10-2019
Originally Posted by JakeF:
You're projecting your life and love for your wife on the Bezos situation.


I'm super glad that you're happy, I really am. That doesn't mean everyone else has the same situation.
I have never met a successful businessman who doesn't say they couldn't have been where they were today without their wife supporting them.

On top of all of this, it seems like a really amicable split between the two.
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EyePod 03:39 PM 01-10-2019
Originally Posted by Donger:
https://www.businessinsider.com/jeff...-told-vogue-15
I do the dishes a lot too. Maybe I'm Jeff Bezos.
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EyePod 03:51 PM 01-10-2019
Originally Posted by JakeF:
You're projecting your life and love for your wife on the Bezos situation.


I'm super glad that you're happy, I really am. That doesn't mean everyone else has the same situation.

This has still gotten me thinking and I may have hit on why. It's the fact that once you get in a relationship, get married, EVERYTHING you decide is in that lens. You always are thinking "how does moving here impact the family" or "now my commute is longer but hers is shorter" or vice versa. There are so many decisions that add up to your life - and to just put the work aspect in a black box seems like nonsense to me. All of it is integrated.
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BWillie 03:54 PM 01-10-2019
Originally Posted by Donger:
In which state do you live?
Kansas.
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Donger 03:56 PM 01-10-2019
Originally Posted by BWillie:
Kansas.
I believe that Kansas is one of the states that recognizes common-law marriage.
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EyePod 04:12 PM 01-10-2019
Originally Posted by Dallas Chief:
I have a close relative going through this bullshit right now. Probably $15M at stake over a 4 year marriage to a gold digging cluster B. It was a nightmare from the start and I’ve been witness to the absolute mind**** she laid on him. Now he stands to lose half of everything to this loose screw because of the prevailing 50/50 divorce rape madness. It’s sickening.
Just FYI that seems to be a very different situation to the Bezos one where they are splitting amicably after 25 years. But that sucks for your relative. 4 years seems weird to be able to amass 15 mil.
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Iconic 04:57 PM 01-10-2019
Well at least now we know why our boy Tony dumped that bitch years ago.
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BWillie 05:54 PM 01-10-2019
Originally Posted by EyePod:
:-) There is no way that Amazon happens if she wasn't there supporting him. Being able to let go of home and focus on growing Amazon happened because of that support.

I'm just blown away that anyone can be this jaded.
Are you serious? If anything - being married was a distraction from his online empire. You have a huge advantage being a single professional. You have time, you have no obligations, and you can go after whatever vision you are dreaming up. Not that you can't when it's married but I don't see how being married had anything to do with Amazon - at all.
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