After the split of Amazon’s founder and CEO Jeff Bezos and his wife MacKenzie, the richest man in the world gets to keep 75% of the couple’s stock in the company.
In an article published by Bloomberg, MacKenzie Bezos happily gives his ex-husband the voting control over her shares of about $35.6 billion or 4% of the outstanding common stock. After the settlement, MacKenzie will be the world’s fourth-richest woman in the world, tailing Francoise Bettencourt-Meyers of L’Oreal, Alice Walton of Walmart and Jacqueline Mars of Mars Incorporated.
In her announcement on Twitter, MacKenzie wrote, “Grateful to have finished the process of dissolving my marriage with Jeff with support from each other and everyone who reached out to us in kindness…Happy to be giving him all of my interest in the Washington Post and Blue Origin, and 75% of our Amazon stock plus voting control of my shares…”
Meanwhile, Jeff Bezos shared his gratitude to his ex-wife for the ‘support and kindness’. He also claimed that he will continue to learn from MacKenzie despite their separation.
“In all our work together, MacKenzie’s abilities have been on full display. She has been an extraordinary partner, ally, and mother,” said Jeff Bezos.
In the latest filling, Jeff still holds the biggest shares over Amazon, with a stake of 12%. Despite the fact that he lost $36.5 billion or 25% of his Amazon ownership, he’s still held the world’s richest man record.
Jeff Bezos will be worth $115 billion, a $10 billion away from Microsoft founder Bill Gates.
The announcement about the settlement was posted on MacKenzie’s Twitter account last Thursday, April 4. Amazon’s stock changed a little after the announcement but representatives opted not to comment to the story.