Amazon's Jeff Bezos and wife to split up
Stock photograph dated April 24, 2018 and released Jan. 9, 2019, showing Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his wife MacKenzie Bezos at the 2018 Axel Springer Prize in Berlin, Germany. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his wife MacKenzie announced today in a joint statement that they are divorcing after 25 years of marriage. EPA-EFE/ Clemens Bilan/FILE
MAR19. BEVERLY HILLS (ESTADOS UNIDOS), 09/01/2019.- Stock photograph dated Feb. 26, 2017 showing American businessman and Amazon founder, Jeff Bezos (L), and his wife, MacKenzie Bezos (R), posing at the traditional Vanity Fair party after the 89th edition of the Oscars, in Beverly Hills, California, United States. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his wife MacKenzie announced Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, in a joint statement that they are divorcing after 25 years of marriage. EPA-EFE/Nina Prommer/FILE
Washington, Jan 9 (epa-efe).- Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, reputedly the world's richest person, and wife MacKenzie Bezos on Wednesday announced their divorce after 25 years of marriage.
"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," said the couple in a note posted on the mogul's Twitter account.
Bezos, 54, and MacKenzie, 48, married in 1993 in New York, shortly before moving to Seattle, where the entrepreneur founded Amazon.
They have four children.
"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 joint statement said.
Bezos, also the owner of The Washington Post, has an estimated fortune of around $137 billion.
MacKenzie is the author of several novels and runs the Web site Bystander Revolution, "offering practical, crowdsourced advice about simple things individuals can do to defuse bullying and help shift the culture."