MacKenzie Bezos Is Worlds 4th Richest Woman After Divorce Settlement

MacKenzie Bezos Is Worlds 4th Richest Woman After Divorce Settlement

After finalizing her divorce fromAmazonfounder Jeff Bezos, MacKenzie Bezos landsat the No. 4 spoton the list of worlds richest women.

MacKenzie Bezos will retain 25% of the couples stock in Amazon, or about a 4% stake in the entire company,she announced from a newly-created Twitter accounton Thursday. That stake is worth approximately $36 billion per Amazons current share price.

That fortune makes Bezos, a writer, the fourth-richest woman in the world, behind Francoise Bettencourt Meyers, the LOreal heiress with a net worth of $54 billion and Alice Walton of theWalmartfamily and her $44 billion,according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. Bezos is nearly tied with the third woman on the list, Jacqueline Badger Mars of the Mars candy company family, who has a net worth of $37 billion; some estimates of Bezoss 4% stake place that value closer to that number. (Forbeshas a lower estimate for Mars net worth and places Bezosas the worlds third richest woman.)

Grateful to have finished the process of dissolving my marriage with Jeff with support from each other and everyone who reached out to us in kindness, and looking forward to our next phase as co-parents and friends, Bezos said in her statement. Excited about my own plans. Grateful for the past as I look forward to what comes next.

The couple first announced the end of their 25-year marriage in January, shining a spotlight on MacKenzie Bezos, who had stayed out of the limelight, amid speculation about the fate of the couples combined fortune. If the couple had agreed on an even split, the default under Washington state law, MacKenzie Bezoswould have vaulted to first on the list of the worlds richest women. (Her combined fortune with Jeff Bezos didnt put her on the radar of these lists before the divorce.)

Jeff Bezos will retain voting control of MacKenzie Bezoss shares, she said in her statement. She also gave up her interests in theWashington Post, owned by Jeff Bezos independently from Amazon, and his space exploration company Blue Origin.

Estimates of Bezoss wealth are based on her Amazon holdings and not any other components of her net worth. Bezos is a writer who has published two novels.

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