Amazon's Jeff Bezos has no prenup, $67B on the line

Lauren Sanchez and her reportedly-estranged husband Patrick Whitesell with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos in 2016

Lauren Sanchez and her reportedly-estranged husband Patrick Whitesell with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos in 2016

The couple originally met as colleagues at NY hedge fund D.E. Shaw.

The National Enquirer revealed on Thursday it had tailed the billionaire for four months across five states as he engaged in secret trysts with Lauren Sanchez, a former Fox presenter. While Washington state divorce law considers all that the couple builds and accrues during their marriage as community property, that doesn't necessarily mean a 50-50 split of assets - including six homes, according to Business Insider - but the court attempts to split assets (and debts), fair and equitably.

Amazon chieftain Jeff Bezos' estranged wife is poised to deliver a $90-billion knockout punch to the tech titan. I will show you with my body, and my lips and my eyes, very soon", Bezos reportedly declared, while in another message, he allegedly wrote, "I want to smell you, I want to breathe you in.

That's what investors in the world's most valuable company are wondering after Jeff Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie, delivered this week's bombshell that they're divorcing after 25 years of marriage. Virtually all of that is tied up in the almost 79 million shares of Amazon stock that he owns. The couple owned a home in Seattle and have socialised with the Bezoses in the past, the New York Post reported.

"We want to make people aware of a development in our lives", Bezos tweeted.

Bezos, who was recently named the richest man in the world, and wife MacKenzie Bezos announced their split in a statement on the billionaire's Twitter account on Wednesday, writing that they had chose to continue their "shared lives as friends".

Bezos added: "We feel incredibly lucky to have found each other and deeply grateful for every one of the years we have been married to each other". If the couple split their fortune equally, it could leave MacKenzie, 48, with $69 billion, making her the world's richest woman.

Bezos' lawyer told the Enquirer it was "widely known" that Bezos and MacKenzie were "long separated".

On Jan. 9, the National Enquirer reported that Bezos, 54, had been having an eight-month affair with Sanchez, 49. She also worked at Amazon in its early days before focusing on raising their four children, who are all now in their teens, and then writing two novels.

By Shannon Pettypiece President Donald Trump wished Amazon Inc. founder Jeff Bezos luck in his divorce from his wife MacKenzie, predicting the proceedings will be "a beauty".

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