The drop in Mackenzie Bezos’ stake was reported in the Friday SEC filing, under her ex-husband and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ name. Jeff Bezos retains sole voting control of MacKenzie Bezos’ stake, which now stands at 19.5 million shares, or about 200,000 fewer shares than the 19.7 million she received as part of their divorce.

By Ian Horswill


Posted on January 28, 2020

MacKenzie Bezos, the former wife of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, has reduced her stake in Amazon by about US$400 million, a recent SEC filing states.

The drop in Mackenzie Bezos’ stake was reported in the Friday filing, under her ex-husband and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ name. Jeff Bezos retains sole voting control of MacKenzie Bezos’ stake, which now stands at 19.5 million shares, or about 200,000 fewer shares than the 19.7 million she received as part of their divorce.

Bezos became one of the world’s wealthiest women following her divorce from Jeff Bezos, the richest person in the world. She received a 4% stake in Amazon, which handed her a US$37 billion fortune.

The pair were married for 25 years and exchanged vows in 1993, a year before Jeff Bezos started Amazon from his garage in Seattle. They had four children.

Then on 10 January, the pair announced on Jeff Bezos’ Twitter page that they were separating.

“We want to make people aware of a development in our lives. After a long period of loving exploration and trial separation, we have decided to divorce and continue our shared lives as friends.

“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 we had known we would separate after 25 years, we would do it all again. 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.

“Though the labels might be different, we remain a family, and we remain cherished friends.”

Only hours later, the National Enquirer claimed that Jeff Bezos was having an affair with former TV anchor Lauren Sanchez. Shortly afterwards, the National Enquirer released what it called “sleazy text messages” sent by Bezos to Sanchez, and claimed to have seen “a cache of lewd selfies” sent by the Amazon CEO.

Then Bezos claimed in a blog post on Medium the following month that the publishers of the National Enquirer had tried to extort him by threatening to publish explicit selfies between him and Sanchez. In a statement, the National Enquirer’s parent company, AMI, said it was investigating the claims made in Bezos’s post.

It was subsequently reported that Jeff and Mackenzie Bezos had separated before he began a relationship with Sanchez. The divorce was finalised in April and under the terms of their divorce settlement, MacKenzie Bezos was to keep a small stake in Amazon worth US$38 billion at the time, making her the world’s third-richest woman alive.

Then in May last year, MacKenzie Bezos signed the Giving Pledge, which was started by Warren Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates in 2010. Mackenzie Bezos pledged to give away half of her wealth to charity.

Jeff Bezos, who has yet to sign the pledge, applauded his ex-wife’s decision.