World's richest man Jeff Bezos is getting divorced

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos tweets his divorce announcement

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos tweets his divorce announcement

Bezos founded Amazon one year after they married in 1993, which means MacKenzie could end up with roughly $69 million from her now-estranged husband's fortune. He started the fledgling company out of his garage.

Even though they're divorcing, Bezos and Mackenzie will keep working together on projects. They expanded operations into a two-bedroom house, equipped with three Sun Microstation, and eventually developed a test site. Earlier this week the company snagged the most valuable USA company title with a market value, as of Wednesday, at $800 billion.

Until around 1999, the couple lived in a one-bedroom rental house in Seattle, according to Wired.

Last January, the couple donated $33 million to fund college scholarships for USA high schoolers with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status, an Obama-era program protecting young immigrants brought to the United States illegally by their parents. The e-commerce giant accounted for just 5 percent of USA online holiday sales this season, according to the firm's estimates, indicating that Amazon can still attract customers who aren't already heavy users of the platform.

He also owns The Washington Post, which has been a target of criticism from US President Donald Trump.

MacKenzie Bezos is the author of two books, including The Testing of Luther Albright, a psychological novel about a father and his family coping with the aftermath of an quake in California. It won the 2005 American Book Award.

MacKenzie also said that Jeff is her "best reader" and he often cleared his schedule to read her manuscript.

According to a Page Six source, Jeff and MacKenzie have spent time with Lauren and Patrick. If the couple split their fortune equally, it could leave Mrs Bezos, 48, with US$69 billion, making her the world's richest woman.

MacKenzie Bezos performed accounting for Amazon in the first year of its existence, but reportedly does not hold any shares directly.

"I was always in the hangar growing up but knew nothing about flying", she told the Hollywood Reporter. "The sooner I finished, the sooner I could share it with him and talk about these characters who had been taking up so much space in my head". Their marriage has been off and on for a while, and they tried hard to fix things, but in the fall they officially separated.