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With Marriage Dissolved, Here's How the Bezoses Split Their Stock

Jeff Bezos keeps 75% of couple's Amazon shares, plus voting control of MacKenzie's
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 4, 2019 2:12 PM CDT
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) – MacKenzie Bezos won't be the world's richest woman after all: She says she and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos have finished dissolving their marriage, and that Jeff will be keeping 75% of the couple's Amazon stock. He'll also retain voting control over his ex's shares, she said in the Twitter statement (her first and so far only tweet; her account was just created this month). CNBC notes that she'll end up with shares representing about 4% of the company's outstanding common stock, making her Amazon's third-biggest shareholder behind her ex and Vanguard, and Bloomberg reports that she'll be the world's fourth-richest woman.

She's also relinquishing all of her shares in the Washington Post and Blue Origin, Bezos' space exploration company, to Jeff—who will remain the world's wealthiest person even with his slightly depleted Amazon shares. The announcement should ease any lingering fears investors may have had about who would control Amazon. Both MacKenzie and Jeff, in his own statement, looked forward to continuing their relationship as friends and co-parents. (Is it time for CEOs to disclose their prenups?)

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