Truth be told, I feel a little bad for MacKenzie Bezos, and not because she just divorced the richest man in the world, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. That part seems fine, and she likely meant what she said when she announced on April 4, in her first and so far only tweet, that she’s “excited” about her own plans and “looking forward to what comes next.”
The Bezoses announced the dissolution of their marriage in January and finalized the divorce just days ahead of her 49th birthday. MacKenzie is now worth about $36 billion, making her among the richest women on the planet. In her divorce statement, she said she was “happy” to give her ex-husband 75% of her Amazon stock and voting control over what she retains, while he takes complete ownership of the Washington Post newspaper and Blue Origin, his rocket venture.
Some have argued that, as the loyal wife who stood by her husband’s side while he turned his online bookshop into a behemoth flea market in the ether, MacKenzie must get half of all assets. “Empires like Amazon and Apple are not created by a single man in a vacuum; they are the product of a mix of luck and contributions from an entire team—including from a founder’s spouse,” Louise Matsakis wrote in Wired.