Will There Be a Billionaire Divorce Feud Between Jeff Bezos and MacKenzie Bezos?

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his wife MacKenzie announced via a joint statement posted to Twitter that they were divorcing. This announcement shocked the world, as the two were married for 25 years with four children.

Bezos is the wealthiest person in the world with over $137 billion, so naturally, questions began appearing regarding how the two would split his massive fortune.

Will the two split amicably, or can we expect a nasty feud for this divorce? Let’s take a look at what we can gather from the statement they released and their marriage prior to the split.

What did the joint statement announcing Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos’ divorce say?

The joint statement sounded amicable, stating the two hoped to “continue their shared life as friends.” It was full of warm language meant to deliver heartbreaking news in the most reassuring way possible. It’s a positive sign that the two were able to come together to agree on a joint statement.

Certainly, it was written by the savviest of public relations professionals, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t true. The two also stated that they “see wonderful futures ahead, as parents, friends, partners in ventures and projects, and as individuals pursuing ventures and adventures.”

Everything about the statement points to the two as still being a cohesive unit, even as they split and move into this next phase of their lives.

What was the Bezos’ marriage like before the divorce?

By all accounts, Jeff and MacKenzie’s marriage seemed to be a happy one. The two met in 1993 working at New York hedge fund D.E. Shaw.  She flipped the script and asked him out for lunch for their first date. They were married within six months.

They moved to Seattle in 1994, several years before Jeff launched Amazon and even longer before he made his billions.

As stated above, the two had four children and a happy, delightful marriage from all accounts. According to a 2013 Vogue profile on Mackenzie, Jeff would frequently buy her clothes while out. He also would do the dishes at home – a claim it’s likely few other billionaires can make.

Did Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos feud prior to the divorce?

CEO of Amazon Jeff Bezos and writer MacKenzie Bezos

CEO of Amazon Jeff Bezos and writer MacKenzie Bezos | Jerod Harris/Getty Images

This seems unlikely. From all accounts, it seems as though Jeff and MacKenzie got along very well. As you examine their relationship, you see two people who clearly supported one another.

Jeff took significant risks to found Amazon and Mackenzie supported him every step of the way. In turn, when MacKenzie became a novelist, Jeff supported her in that venture.

Their marriage prior to the split is a story of two loving, rational partners who treated each other with the utmost respect, admiration, and support.

Will there be a billionaire divorce feud between Jeff Bezos and MacKenzie Bezos?

The statement seemed to represent a genuine and bittersweet expression of love between two individuals who had simply grown apart yet still care for each other deeply.

The simple fact is there doesn’t seem to be much of a reason for a feud. Bezos is in possession of wealth beyond his wildest dreams. There is plenty of money to go around for both, so there should be no economic issues.

Combine with the fact that Bezos has shown himself to be a rational, level-headed person in his public dealings – despite his best efforts, Donald Trump has yet to goad him into a public spat as of yet – and there seems to be little reason to think a feud is imminent.

The bottom line is that the odds are low that this divorce will lead to a nasty feud. Our bet is that both Jeff and Mackenzie are genuine in their desire for unity they expressed in the joint statement.