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Why MacKenzie Bezos deserves half of her husband's wealth

Why MacKenzie Bezos deserves half of her husband's wealth

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  • It’s a complete myth that we accomplish or build anything alone. Somewhere along the line, sacrifices were made by someone or by a few individuals to help us get to where we are today.

    Time and energy is finite, so without the big, silent sacrifices made by women like MacKenzie Bezos, majority of us

    It’s a complete myth that we accomplish or build anything alone. Somewhere along the line, sacrifices were made by someone or by a few individuals to help us get to where we are today.

    Time and energy is finite, so without the big, silent sacrifices made by women like MacKenzie Bezos, majority of us men won’t be in the position to devote 100% of our time to succeed in our careers and entrepreneurial endeavors. There would be no Amazon without MacKenzie Bezos, and that fact alone should speak volume in this divorce proceeding.

  • I have not talked to MacKenzie or Jeff in a long time, but when I knew them, they were a team. I have no clue what the outcome will be here, but I thought the article was terrific.

  • All excellent points. Mackenzie Bezos deferred her career and created the stability at home that enabled Jeff Bezos to focus fully on Amazon. She deserves 50% and I hope Jeff is big enough to see that.

  • Interesting title in juxtaposition to the content ~ ...their wealth vs. his wealth. I understand and appreciate the author’s case; really an unfortunate slip which should have never made it through editing.

  • For the record, I believe my wife should deserve 50%.

  • One really can’t argue. She was there since the beginning.

  • It's unfortunate and a telling sign that this level of generational wealth cannot buy one's right to having privacy in handling such matters...

    The only ones that benefit from a divorce are the attorneys and the cadre of accountants, parenting coordinators, mediators, and other court appointed or required

    It's unfortunate and a telling sign that this level of generational wealth cannot buy one's right to having privacy in handling such matters...

    The only ones that benefit from a divorce are the attorneys and the cadre of accountants, parenting coordinators, mediators, and other court appointed or required services like that. It's an industry that feeds on conflict and acrimony. The more disputes the more billable hours.

    So I hope for their benefit that the separation is as amicable as the press release implies. And as such I would hope they are left alone to figure it out without further opinions on who should get what...

    Now, with this level of visibility, the public and investors will be looking for signs of what Mr Bezos character is really like.

    And then there's the old saying... "Want to get to know your sweetheart? Marry him/her. Want to get to know your spouse? Divorce him/her..."

  • Given the author’s great points- why is the title not “Why Mackenzie Bezos should retain HER half of THEIR wealth?

  • Jeff built AMZN! His vision. He married wife without pre-nup. She gets half. It’s amicable. How much does wife REALLY need? She gets BILLIONS!!! Anyone who suggests wife “should go after additional assets” is of very questionable moral turpitude.

  • ‘Each is one half of the world’s richest couple’. Thank you Guardian for standing out from the many publications out there referring to Mackenzie as the wife of the world’s richest man.

    Great article giving credit to the often silent partners that should not be taken for granted.

  • I'd really love to watch or read an interview with each of them - together or separately - once they've come to an agreement.

    The major question is the Amazon shares and what she will do with her new individual stake in the world's most valuable company.

  • I appreciate the transparency -- and the acknowledgement that heterosexual couples tend to have subconscious notions of roles in the marriage. MacKenzie took on the role of being a parent (I say it gender neutrally, as we all should) while Jeff created Amazon. Mom's don't get paid. The work they put

    I appreciate the transparency -- and the acknowledgement that heterosexual couples tend to have subconscious notions of roles in the marriage. MacKenzie took on the role of being a parent (I say it gender neutrally, as we all should) while Jeff created Amazon. Mom's don't get paid. The work they put in would qualify as a pretty damn big yearly salary if it was a career path.

    If you see my profile photo, I'm clearly not a parent. However, my parents raised me and my brother, two kids with a disability, and both of them worked tirelessly to have a sustainable income. My mother always had jobs that tended to be flexible enough for her to pick me up from school 45 minutes away from home while my father was the traditional "breadwinner." If my parents divorced (which, knock on wood, wouldn't happen because they're the strongest team I know), I'd say they both deserve half.

    Marriage is a team effort. Just because Jeff built Amazon and gained success from the "empire," MacKenzie put in an equal, if not more, work and deserves the same return for her efforts.

    She should not be labeled as a "gold digger," -- if the gender roles were reversed, people wouldn't even DARE say such things to a man.

    Also, side note, I'm peeved that the author couldn't put punctuation within the quotation marks properly. The end.

  • What an idiotic premise. Bezos could have hired a nanny to do what his wife did for $50K a year. She deserves ZERO, which is exactly what he deserves from her book royalties!

  • The title should read “Why MacKenzie Bezos deserves half of her family's wealth.” It’s community property so it is their wealth, not his.

    Community property divorce is pretty straightforward: all wealth generated during a divorce is community property. Wealth prior to a marriage could be considered

    The title should read “Why MacKenzie Bezos deserves half of her family's wealth.” It’s community property so it is their wealth, not his.

    Community property divorce is pretty straightforward: all wealth generated during a divorce is community property. Wealth prior to a marriage could be considered separate depending on origination—in this case that would be NY which is not a community property state. So if Jeff made a capital contribution from his DE Shaw earnings that represents his ownership of Amazon, then there’s a case that it is his. But if his founding shares are just through the act of founding, that wealth is community property.

  • Nice law in Washington.

    “In “community property” states like Washington, any assets accumulated during the marriage are communal and divided 50-50”

    In Japan, assets made during the marriage is not necessarily divided 50-50. Sometimes 0-100.

    If a couple wants to have a child, somehow it is inevitable

    Nice law in Washington.

    “In “community property” states like Washington, any assets accumulated during the marriage are communal and divided 50-50”

    In Japan, assets made during the marriage is not necessarily divided 50-50. Sometimes 0-100.

    If a couple wants to have a child, somehow it is inevitable for a woman to give up her career at lease temporarily.

    I would like to find middle ground talking with my wife who is very much passionate about her career.

  • From an investor point of view, this divorce cannot be settled in private. Every detail needs to be made public. He owns 16% of Amazon's shares, or should I say, "they" instead of "he". If she gets half, then Jeff would own just 8% of the outstanding shares including voting power. That opens him up to

    From an investor point of view, this divorce cannot be settled in private. Every detail needs to be made public. He owns 16% of Amazon's shares, or should I say, "they" instead of "he". If she gets half, then Jeff would own just 8% of the outstanding shares including voting power. That opens him up to potential investor challenges if he chooses to go left with investments. Luckily for him, the top 15 holders own 16% of the shares and are index funds and big long only funds who are unlikey to sell and are likely to support him and board decisions. So he locks in about 25% of the voting power at the onset, which is a comfortable margin. What does she do with the max 8% she could get? Will she sell it to fund philanthropy interests? Nothing I read about her suggests she would buy oil wells or invest in space travel. Who knows, but she is likely to hang on to some shares for legacy purposes. Question is what percent. Also, does she give him Blue Origin?

  • She supported him and worked side by side, Absolutely she deserves 55%. 5% is for bearings 4 children.

  • It’s not his wealth, it’s theirs.

  • The optimist in me hopes that the Bezos’ will set a shining example for their children, the world and future generations.

    Divorce is not ideal but given that it is inevitable it seems as this article presents a fair, rapid, amicable and private settlement is in the interest of each other and MOST importantly their children.

  • If they have been a team for many years since the beginning, what makes them separate their path ahead now??

  • And she’s well deserving of every dollar she gets

    Nsap carpe diem

  • Good luck to both superstars.

  • This author assumes quite a lot when she flatly suggests Mrs. Bezos deserves 50% of Mr. Bezos wealth. Did she actually contribute to Amazon's success and Mr. Bezos' investments? Has she instigated the dissolvement of the relationship through adultry, mental/emotional cruelty, is she strictly a "gold

    This author assumes quite a lot when she flatly suggests Mrs. Bezos deserves 50% of Mr. Bezos wealth. Did she actually contribute to Amazon's success and Mr. Bezos' investments? Has she instigated the dissolvement of the relationship through adultry, mental/emotional cruelty, is she strictly a "gold digger", etc. This is not and should not be an open & shut case.

  • Share it fairly. 50/50

  • If MacKenzie should get a share of their assets that is consonant with her contributions I’m afraid it will me significantly less than 50%

  • Even if she gets half of his wealth, he'll still be a billionaire. I can't even imagine him fighting this.

  • I didn’t know that “In “community property” states like Washington, any assets accumulated during the marriage are communal and divided 50-50 if the marriage ends.”.

    In Japan, a wife often get more in divorce.

  • Yes... if not more.

  • And how is this anyone’s business other than theirs?

  • Bezos is following the disastrous path taken by so many successful business leaders. Dumping his life partner for a newer model. I don’t understand why guys like Bezos, Jack Welsh of G.E. andTiger Woods of golf fame all left their spouses and in the Welsh and Woods cases ended up looking like idiots

    Bezos is following the disastrous path taken by so many successful business leaders. Dumping his life partner for a newer model. I don’t understand why guys like Bezos, Jack Welsh of G.E. andTiger Woods of golf fame all left their spouses and in the Welsh and Woods cases ended up looking like idiots. When I was a senior at a Catholic High School my home room nun/teacher imparted some great advise to the boys in the class. She said: “Keep it in your pants.” Quite shocking coming from a Sister of St. Joseph but in retrospect it was a brilliant admonition. One that would have benefited Mr. Bezos, et al.

  • The only losers in this scenario are the children. As parents, and as a parent who went through a divorce with young kids, the focus should be first on them. Or course assets are split 50/50, but if you see this as the centerpiece of the discussion, then that is the least important aspect of how this will impact others.

  • We assume that because he is very successful in business that means he's intelligent,😃😄😃😄 I know small children who would have got a pre nup,Jeff you are a Moron and deserve what she's about to do to you.

  • Wtf are we speculating on this stuff? Bezos has made Amazon what it is. The ex has made it what it used to be. She’ll get plenty but it is stupid to speculate.

  • Analagous to arguing about who gets more of infinity

  • Since Amazon began strictly as a bookseller and it was MacKenzie that had the background and education in the industry, I would think that, maybe she is more responsible for Amazon’s creation and success.

  • Total bull shit

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