Jeff Bezos tweeted that he and his wife, MacKenzie, are divorcing

Jeff Bezos tweeted that he and his wife, MacKenzie, are divorcing

Jeff Bezos tweeted that he and his wife, MacKenzie, are divorcing

Bezos, 54, is worth US$137 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, a ranking of the world's 500 wealthiest individuals.

The wife of Amazon CEO and world's richest man Jeff Bezos could scoop as much as US$69 billion NZ$101b following their divorce - earning her own title as the world's richest woman.

Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos said in the statement that they hope to remain friends and "partners in ventures".

CEO of Amazon Jeff Bezos and his wife MacKenzie Bezos attend the Amazon Studios Oscar Celebration, Feb. 26, 2017, in West Hollywood, Calif.

MacKenzie Bezos is a novelist and founded an antibullying organization, called Bystander Revolution, in 2014.

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The billionaire would most likely need to sell some of those shares in Amazon to pay for the settlement, which would see his control of the company reduced.

Rupert Murdoch's 1999 divorce from wife of 31 years Anna cost $1.7 billion.

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The divorce, which could become one of the most expensive in history, could potentially affect Bezos's stake in Amazon.

MacKenzie, on the other hand, would become the richest woman by a large margin with almost $70 billion to her name.

The couple have also acquired at least five homes in California, Washington state, Texas, Washington D.C. and NY throughout their 25-year marriage. MacKenzie's primary influence on Bezos and Amazon was to provide encouragement in the early years and support through tumultuous times, one of the people said.

A exclusive source told Page Six "Patrick and Lauren have socialized with Jeff Bezos and his wife for a few years, because both (now former) couples have houses in Seattle".

From modest beginnings as an online bookseller, Bezos and Amazon branched out into nearly every product category available, ending up taking on established retail giants such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

While Jeff Bezos appears to be resolved to his fate (for all we know), the billion-dollar question remains: did he and MacKenzie come to terms on a prenup at some point in their marriage?

"Jeff remains focused on and engaged in all aspects of Amazon", a company spokesperson said in a statement obtained by FOX Business.

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