MacKenzie Bezos will become the world’s fourth-richest woman after her divorce from Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos is finalised.
She’ll receive a 4% Amazon stake, currently worth about $36bn, as part of the settlement, according to a filing on Thursday from the Seattle-based company. The divorce is expected to be completed in about 90 days.
Jeff Bezos will continue to exercise sole voting authority over the shares, according to the filing. He will probably remain the world’s richest person, with a 12% Amazon stake that’s currently valued at $107bn.
He’ll also keep assets including the Washington Post and space-exploration company Blue Origin, which adds about $4bn to his fortune, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.
— MacKenzie Scott (@mackenziescott) April 4, 2019
MacKenzie’s stake in Amazon ranks her behind the $54bn fortune of L’Oreal SA heiress Francoise Bettencourt Meyers, the $44bn held by Alice Walton and the $37bn net worth of Jacqueline Badger Mars
The couple did not have a prenup agreement and after rumours that Jeff had been cheating and a later confirmation that the couple would be splitting after having been married for 25 years, a big settlement payday was on the cards.
— Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) April 4, 2019
Jeff, who only follows MacKenzie on Twitter, also put out a statement, saying he was looking forward to a new relationship with his wife.