Amazon.com Inc chief executive officer Jeff Bezos and wife MacKenzie Bezos said on Tuesday that they have decided to divorce after a long separation trial, Bezos posted a joint statement on Twitter.
The billionaire executive announced the news three days before his 55th birthday in a tweet signed by both of them. They have been married 25 years.
The couple last year launched a charitable fund together, dubbed the Day One Fund.
The statement Wednesday suggests they will continue to work together on that effort. He and his wife are the parents of four children: three sons, and one daughter adopted from China in 2019.
“We want to make people aware of a development in our lives. As our family and close friends know, after a long period of loving exploration and trial separation, we have decided to divorce and continue our shared lives as friends,” the tweet says. The couple last year launched a charitable fund together, dubbed the Day One Fund. The statement suggests they will continue to work together on that effort. “We’ve had such a great life together as a married couple, and we also see wonderful futures ahead, as parents, friends, partners in ventures and projects, and as individuals pursuing ventures and adventures,” the tweet says.
MacKenzie Bezos, a 48-year-old novelist, is often cited in the Amazon origin story as having supported her husband’s move off of Wall Street and into e-commerce. Shares of Amazon dipped slightly immediately following the announcement before paring those losses. Amazon.Com again became Wall Street’s most valuable company this week, surpassing Microsoft Bezos’ fortune has soared to more than $160 billion, thanks to his stake in Amazon.
From modest beginnings as an online bookseller, Bezos and Amazon branched out into almost every product category ending up taking on established retail giants such as Wal-Mart Stores. Bezos founded Amazon in 1994. Under Bezos, Amazon launched the Kindle e-reader and revolutionised the way books are distributed and read. The company has also been a pioneer in cloud computing. In November, Amazon picked US’financial and political capitals for massive new offices, branching out from its home base in Seattle.