The year 2019 started with one of the most unexpected and perhaps expensive divorce.
News of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and MacKenzie Bezos separating after almost 25 years of marriage was something no one really saw coming.
On Wednesday, through Twitter and other social media, Bezos and his soon to be ex-wife MacKenzie announced about their separation in a simple image.
— Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) January 9, 2019
There was also speculation that the divorce came due to an alleged extra-marital affair that Bezos was having with a TV anchor.
Apparently, National Enquirer magazine came out with a story that same day itself of how Bezos was in a relationship with Lauren Sanchez, a former TV anchor and helicopter pilot and the wife of Patrick Whitesel.
As per the magazine the relationship had been going on for almost 4 months and even The New York Post talked about how Sanchez and Whitesell were not together.
What Does The Divorce Mean?
Recently, as per the Bloomberg Billionaire Index, Bezos officially took over Microsoft’s Bill Gates to become the world’s wealthiest man with an approximate wealth of $137 bn.
Amazon too became the world’s most valuable listed company and overshadowed Microsoft here too.
MacKenzie and Bezos first met in 1992 when he interviewed her for a job at a New York hedge fund company as she recounted in a 2013 Vogue interview. Eventually getting the job, she had her cubicle right beside Bezos which led to a 3 month period of dating and eventual marriage in 1993 only.
The couple moved to Seattle a year later from where Jeff founded Amazon, at that time a simple online book retailing business.
Over the years, the company has grown to become an e-commerce giant and MacKenzie definitely played an important role in taking it to that level.
The Wired reported how MacKenzie drove the both of them and their possession cross country from New York City to Seattle with Jeff “tapping out a business plan on his computer along the way,” and calling up potential investors.
MacKenzie was also Amazon’s first or earliest employees, working as an accountant and even managed to get the company’s first freight contracts at the Barnes and Nobles bookstore.
Although her role from the company began to decrease as Amazon and Bezos, in turn, became more and more famous and successful.
Also, this divorce could potentially lead to MacKenzie becoming the world’s richest woman, since the couple and the company are based in Washington state and will thus have to abide by their community-property law.
The law states that all the assets acquired during a marriage are to be split equally or in half in case of a divorce. Thus, if their fortune is split in that manner, MacKenzie could probably gain a wealth of about $69 billion and become one of the largest shareholders for Amazon.
Things also get a little tricky as it is not known if the couple had a pre or post-nuptial agreement. There is also a probability that they might file for divorce from some other state, like Texas, Washington D.C., California etc. where they own properties.
These were some of the most funniest Amazon related jokes that Twitter had a field day making after hearing the news:
Jeff Bezos’ divorce might be the most expensive in history, but it will include free shipping
— Joe DeVito (@JoeDeVitoComedy) January 9, 2019
Jeff Bezos getting a divorce because he just had to crush one more union.
— Joe Kassabian (@jkass99) January 9, 2019
me: do you think Jeff Bezos' divorce will impact this place at all?
Whole Foods clerk: nah probably not
[1 year later]
Half Foods clerk: ok so I was wrong
— Terry F (@daemonic3) January 9, 2019
— Andrew Wilkow (@WilkowMajority) January 11, 2019
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announces divorce from his wife after 25 years.
Jeff Bezos's wife just added "HALF OF EVERYTHING" to her cart.
— Rodney Lacroix (@moooooog35) January 9, 2019
Wife: "By when can you sign and send the divorce papers?"
Jeff Bezos: "Saturday"
Wife: "Any sooner?"
Jeff Bezos: "FREE Delivery by tomorrow 9pm with Prime"
— Akshar (@AksharPathak) January 10, 2019
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his wife are divorcing. Thankfully, Bezos came with a no-hassle return policy.
— MAD Magazine (@MADmagazine) January 9, 2019
Be like Jeff Bezos's soon to be Ex Wife
Buy low, sell high 😂😂 pic.twitter.com/wBKsHPA6DK
— Michael Shimeles (@michaelshimeles) January 9, 2019
Jeff Bezos is out for delivery. pic.twitter.com/0o9PPbnFCz
— Comedy Central (@ComedyCentral) January 9, 2019
*taking the mic out of the stand* jeff bezos? more like *tripping over cord* jeff no-bae-zos am I right
— gracie hoos (@cottoncandaddy) January 9, 2019
Joined Tinder hoping I Match with Jeff Bezos …
— Glitch Lindzon (@howardlindzon) January 10, 2019
jeff bezos realizes marriage is a union and immediately gets a divorce
— Zettai🌟Ahoge (@ZettaiAhoge) January 9, 2019
JEFF BEZOS: I brought you flowers
HER: Oh thanks. That's very sweet
JEFF BEZOS: I see you’ve liked flowers. Perhaps you’d like these other flowers
— Todd 'Papi' Carlos (@TheToddWilliams) January 9, 2019
Jeff Bezos' divorce-dad phase is going to get every single one of us killed
— Noah Hurowitz (@NoahHurowitz) January 9, 2019
What do you think? Any funny Amazon puns you have in relation to the divorce, Bezos’ upcoming single life or his alleged cheating? Share them in the comments below.
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