Amazon tycoon Jeff Bezos announces divorce on Twitter

Jeff Bezos and his wife Mac Kenzie Bezos

Jeff Bezos and his wife Mac Kenzie Bezos

The couple announced the life change in a tweet Wednesday morning, three days before Jeff's 55th birthday.

Much of his fortune comes from his 16 percent ownership stake - or 78.88 million shares - in Amazon, which just this week became Wall Street's most valuable company again.

Ms Bezos and her husband first met when she was a student at Princeton University.

MacKenzie is a novelist and together they have four children.

Amazon's shares shrank 0.33% or US$5.42 in afterhours trading, to US$1,654.00, at 10.51pm NY time.

Amazon is still gaining market share in 2019, Piper Jaffray analysts said in a note this week.

Rupert Murdoch's 1999 divorce from wife of 31 years Anna cost $1.7 billion. "I worked with him and many others represented in the converted garage, the basement warehouse closet, the barbecue-scented offices, the Christmas-rush distribution centers, and the door-desk filled conference rooms in the early years of Amazon's history". Jeff Bezos Net Worth: Facts & Numbers That Will Blow Your Mind About The World's Richest Man.

The duo expressed their gratitude and further wrote, "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". Their marriage has been off and on for a while, and they tried hard to fix things, but in the fall they officially separated. "It seems very likely, if not 100 per cent certainty, that whatever Jeff Bezos has earned at Amazon has been community income", says David Starks, a partner at the Seattle-based law firm McKinley Irvin.

They live in Washington State in the USA where, unless there is a pre-nuptial agreement, a divorcing couple's assets are split 50/50.

"When you have loving and supportive people in your life, like MacKenzie, my parents, my grandfather, my grandmother, you end up being able to take risks", he said at the time.

Previous year 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.

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

On Wednesday Bezos, who has an estimated worth of $137.4 billion according to Forbes, tweeted, "We want to make people aware of a development in our lives". It could also make Microsoft Corp.co-founder Bill Gates, now worth $92.5 billion, the planet's richest person once again.

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