Amazon founder Jeff Bezos to divorce wife MacKenzie after 25 years

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos to divorce wife MacKenzie after 25 years

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and his wife MacKenzie are calling it quits.

The billionaire has revealed the couple — who have been married for 25 years — have decided to go separate ways.

“As our family and close friends know, after a long period of loving exploration and trial separate, we have decided to divorce and continue our shared lives as friends,” the 54-year-old wrote on Twitter.

The post suggests the split was on good terms, with Jeff noting: “We feel incredibly lucky to have found each other and deeply grateful for every one of the years we have been married to each other.

“If we had known we would separate after 25 years, we would do it all again.”

The couple has received a lot of support on social media, with many crediting them for such an amicable post.

The entrepreneur has an estimated net worth of over $US136 billion ($A189 billion) according to Forbes, mostly thanks to his holdings in Amazon.

Jeff is now the richest person alive, eclipsing Microsoft founder and serial rich-lister Bill Gates by tens of billions of dollars.

He’s also the first person in modern history to amass a fortune of more than $US100 billion ($136 billion).

He founded Amazon on July 5, 1994.

But despite his astronomical wealth, the Bezos family is notoriously low-key, with the businessman famously washing the dishes each night while his wife drove their four kids to school in a Honda Accord every day until 2013.

Even though his work oversees Amazon and its more than half a million employees, Jeff never schedules early morning meetings so that he can spend time with his family, often making breakfast for his four children, according to The New York Post.

“I like to putter in the morning,” he told a gathering of the Economic Club of Washington, DC. “So I like to read the newspaper. I like to have coffee.”

He also insists on getting eight hours of sleep every night and enjoys washing dishes after family dinners.

“I’m pretty convinced it’s the sexiest thing I do,” he once told an interviewer.

MacKenzie, 48, is a novelist. She supported her soon-to-be-ex-husband’s business by initially working as an accountant for the start-up. He has been known to take an entire day off to read her finished manuscripts in one, uninterrupted sitting.

“Jeff is my best reader,” MacKenzie, 48, told Vogue in 2013.

Like Jeff, MacKenzie attended Princeton, although the two did not meet until they found themselves working for the same hedge fund in New York. She took a creative writing course with Nobel laureate Toni Morrison, who called MacKenzie “one of the best students I’ve ever had in my creative-writing classes … really one of the best”.

Although the family has collectively amassed a huge fortune, the Bezos Family Foundation gave out only $US23,480,257 ($AU32,077,467) in contributions, mostly to schools and universities across the country, in 2016, according to the latest available federal tax filings.

The non-profit’s directors include parents Jacklyn and Miguel, their children — Jeff, Christina and Mark — in addition to MacKenzie, Mark’s wife, Lisa, and Christina’s husband, Stephen Poore.

Last September, Jeff took to Twitter to announce that he and MacKenzie were setting aside $US2 billion ($AU2.7 billion) to finance a new non-profit, the Day One Families Fund, which would help the homeless and set up a network of Montessori schools in impoverished communities.

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