If you think that your divorce is expensive, then please spare a thought for Mr Jeff Bezos, owner of Amazon. His divorce cost is set to cost him $68 billion which is half his fortune. This means that now, Mr and Mrs Bezos could only be able to buy 3,669,957 Volkswagen Golf cars each.
The separation was announced after Mr Bezos had just had a particularly booming year in which he earnt a ginormous $8 million an hour, bringing his fortune up to $137 billion, or £145 billion pounds. There are no typos in that last sentence, Mr Bezos earnt $8million in the time it would take you to get into work and make yourself a cuppa. On the other hand, the divorce will actually make the soon-to-be-ex Mrs Bezos (49) the richest woman on the planet. So let us speculate on what happened for Mrs Bezos in this very profitable (in the financial sense) 25 year marriage. MacKenzie’s life changing year 1992.Mrs MacKenzie Bezos came from a pretty normal background. Her father was a financial planner and her mother was a home maker. However, MacKenzie was no ordinary woman and her life really took off in 1992. In this year, she graduated with the highest honours from the prestigious Princeton University and was described by her tutor, famous author Toni Morrisey, as one of the best students she had ever had. Later that year, MacKenzie met Jeff Bezos who actually interviewed her for a position as a researcher for a New York hedge fund. Her confidence must have been sky high as apparently, she actually asked Jeff out. Not everyone has the nerve to ask their boss out (nor the inclination in many cases). After a mere 3 months of dating, they married. Soon after the marriage, Jeff quit his stable, and well-paid job to start a company called Amazon. I do not need to introduce you to this company as you probably use it several times a month. MacKenzie was the first employee and was integral in setting it up.In 2000, MacKenzie had their first of 4 children, (one is adopted) and said that she dedicated her life to motherhood at this point. Nevertheless, she still managed find time to write her first book which was published in 2006 called, ‘The Testing of Luther Albright’. The book was so good that it won the American Book Award in 2006.