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Divorce News Puts Unusual Spotlight on MacKenzie Bezos

It's not clear what's next for the novelist, who keeps a relatively low profile
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 14, 2019 1:58 PM CST
In this March 4, 2018, file photo, Jeff Bezos and wife MacKenzie Bezos arrive at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, Calif.   (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

(Newser) – She is an award-winning 48-year-old novelist, though better known to the world as the wife of Jeff Bezos. News of the couple's divorce has focused renewed attention on MacKenzie Bezos, who has generally kept a much lower profile than her in-the-public-eye husband. Some highlights from coverage:

  • Profile: The New York Times has a nuts-and-bolts profile, recounting how the aspiring writer took a job at a New York City hedge fund in the 1990s to pay the bills while she worked on her novels. There she met her future husband, and wound up driving across the country with him to Seattle—as legend has it, with him in the passenger seat, working on the business model for Amazon.
  • The support: "They gave up a really comfortable lifestyle and successful careers to move across the country and start something on the internet,” according to Brad Stone, author of The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon. “The only reason [Jeff] was able to do that is because he had an extremely supportive spouse. It was an incredible risk and one that they both took on jointly.”

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