Affair with friend’s wife may cost Amazon’s Jeff Bezos $69 billion

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Bezos, who was recently named the richest man in the world, and wife MacKenzie Bezos announced their split in a statement on the billionaire's Twitter account on Wednesday, writing that they had chose to continue their "shared lives as friends". To which the president replied: "I wish him luck. I wish him luck", Trump said. "It's going to be a beauty". That's despite the fact that the breakup comes amid shocking reports this week about Jeff Bezos' reported affair with Sanchez, including allegations that he sent her a slew of steamy texts and pictures. "Sanchez and Hollywood talent agent Patrick Whitesell Wednesday in 2005 and have two young children".

Under one worst-case scenario, Amazon's founder and chief executive finds himself unable to work amid the marital stress. Previous divorces involving high-net-worth figures have ended up having a material impact, including those of Elaine Wynn and casino magnate Steve Wynn, and former Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt and his ex-wife, Jamie.

The couple announced their separation after 25 years of marriage.

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The divorce is further complicated by the fact the couple reside in Washington in the USA which is a "community property state" which means all assets and debts accrued during the marriage are considered equally owned by both spouses, unless a prenuptial agreement states otherwise.

The Amazon divorce could become very complicated, with reports the couple don't have a prenup.

Most of the $137 billion derives from Jeff Bezos' 16% ownership stake in Amazon.

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Trump has a history of publicly attacking Bezos and his company.

The Bezos divorce was first reported by the National Enquirer, which says it conducted a four-month investigation into Jeff's relationship with another woman.

Last year, the couple launched the Bezos Day One Fund, offering a two billion dollar fund to help homeless families and build pre-schools in low-income neighbourhoods. They also gave $10 million to a super PAC supporting military veterans trying to get elected to Congress.

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Sanchez, 49, also a helicopter pilot with her own aerial production firm, was hired to shoot aerial shots for Blue Origin, a private space company Bezos founded in 2000, the Post reported.