Jeff Bezos' Alleged Affair Revealed Hours After Announcing Divorce

Jeff and Mac Kenzie Bezos attend an event

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos remains firmly in control of the e-commerce giant's many business initiatives amid divorce proceedings with his wife of 25 years, MacKenzie Bezos, the company said Wednesday.

Hours after Jeff Bezos announced he and his wife MacKenzie are divorcing, the tabloid press was buzzing with stories about the Amazon CEO's new romance. So, the news of his costly divorce sparked a slew of hilarious comebacks from Twitter users, who speculated over how the separation will impact the tycoon's fortune.

"After a long period of loving exploration and trial separation, we have chose to divorce and continue our shared lives as friends", the couple said in the statement.

The couple is blessed with four children.

Amazon shares were mostly unchanged at market close Wednesday after briefly dipping on the announcement in early trading.

It is unlikely that many details of the divorce will become public, NY lawyer Bernard Clair, who is representing Judith Giuliani in her divorce from former NY mayor Rudy Giuliani, said.

The couple met in 1993 at NY hedge fund D.E. Shaw. In Washington, the minimum length of a divorce case is 90 days, and a typical case takes up to six months or longer, according to Washington-based family law firm McKinley Irvin. Their marriage has been off and on for a while, and they tried hard to fix things, but in the fall they officially separated.

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A year ago they launched a charity project together, the Day One Fund, with the aim of helping homeless families and building pre-schools in low-income communities. It has not been made public whether Bezos and MacKenzie had a prenup when they married before moving to Seattle and founding Amazon.

He had solicited ideas on Twitter in 2017 for ways to donate some of his wealth.

In 2012, the couple donated US$2.5 million to a Washington state campaign to legalise same-sex marriage there.

From modest beginnings as an online bookseller, Mr Bezos and Amazon branched out into nearly every product category available, ending up taking on established retail giants such as Walmart.

Mr Bezos also founded space company Blue Origin in 2000, and is funnelling $1 billion a year of his own fortune into pulling it out of start-up mode and into production.

Today, they own five houses across the USA, in Medina, Washington, Beverly Hills, Van Horn, Texas, D.C., and Manhattan.

It could also make Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates the planet's richest person once again.

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