Did Jeff Bezos Sign a Prenup with MacKenzie Bezos?

If you don’t know you Jeff Bezos is, let’s do a quick recap. He’s the founder and CEO of Amazon, which is one of the largest and most profitable companies in history. He’s No. 1 on the list of rich Americans, which makes him the wealthiest person in the world. If he started his own country, Bezos’ net worth would put him ahead of Cuba, Lithuania, and several other countries based on GDP. However, his wealth might decline a little bit soon, and that’s because he and his wife, MacKenzie Bezos, are getting a divorce after 25 years together. Did Jeff Bezos sign a prenup with MacKenzie Bezos? Will she receive half his fortune once their divorce is final? Let’s find out.

How did Jeff Bezos meet MacKenzie Bezos?

Did Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos sign a prenup with MacKenzie Bezos? We'll have to wait to find out.

Jeff Bezos met his wife, MacKenzie Bezos, at a job interview. | Jerod Harris/Getty Images

The people in the HR department probably weren’t happy, but Jeff Bezos met MacKenzie Tuttle during a job interview. He worked at New York hedge fund firm D.E. Shaw, and he interviewed Tuttle for a position in 1992. They married each other only three months later.

By 1994, the couple relocated to Seattle, and Jeff Bezos had Amazon off the ground and its way to becoming one of the largest and most profitable companies ever.

Did Jeff Bezos sign a prenup before he got married?

Did Jeff Bezos sign a prenup? He didn't really have a reason to do so.

If Jeff Bezos signed a prenup, his fortune is safe. Otherwise, it might fluctuate. | David McNew/Getty Images

As we just mentioned, Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos married each other before he moved west to start Amazon. He wasn’t living in the poor house before that, but he wasn’t the richest person alive, either. So did Jeff Bezos sign a prenup when he got married? We can’t say for sure, but we have our guesses.

First, there was no reason for Jeff Bezos to sign a prenup, because he didn’t have a vast fortune to protect. He didn’t really rake in the money until Amazon had its initial public offering in 1997.

Plus, MacKenzie Bezos ditched D.E. Shaw and New York when Jeff Bezos started Amazon. She was one of the first employees on the payroll, according to Business Insider.

Finally, their joint statement on Twitter announcing their divorce is very civil. In it, they write that they intend to remain friends and would marry each other again even if they knew ahead of time that it wouldn’t last forever. At the very least, their divorce appears very amicable. There wasn’t any reason to expect discord.

Whether or not Jeff Bezos signed a prenup, there’s a chance he and MacKenzie Bezos have a postnuptial in place. It’s virtually the same as prenup (it divides earnings and assets), but the only difference is it happens after a couple ties the knot.

MacKenzie Bezos’ job is one reason you might know her name

Marrying the world’s richest man is one way to gain notoriety, but MacKenzie Bezos’ job helped her grab a piece of the spotlight in her own right. She’s an award-winning author who published two novels, “The Testing of Luther Albright” in 2005 and “Traps” in 2013. Bezos won the American Book Award in 2005, according to Forbes. She wrote her first novel when she was six years old, but a flood destroyed the manuscript, according to Bezos’ author bio at Amazon.

MacKenzie studied under Pulitzer-winning author Toni Morrison at Princeton. Morrison says Bezos is “one of the best students I’ve ever had in my creative writing classes … really one of the best,” according to Forbes.

Do they have any children?

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his wife MacKenzie Bezos

Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos have four children. | Jorg Carstensen/AFP/Getty Images

The 25 years Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos spent together were busy for both of them. He launched Amazon, space exploration company Blue Orbit, and purchased The Washington Post. She wrote the two books, and together they started the Day One Fund charity in 2018. The couple managed to start a family in between all those busy days. The Bezos’ have four children, three sons and one adopted daughter, according to the BBC.

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