Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos are divorcing after 25-year marriage

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Through a joint statement posted on Twitter, Bezos, who is now the world's richest person, announced it was over between him and MacKenzie.

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

The Bezoses said they felt "incredibly lucky" for their 25 years together and would remain involved with each other as close friends and parents.

At this point, it's unclear how Jeff and MacKenzie, a novelist, will divide their assets upon divorce.

And there has never been more money than in this case.

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Bezos, who founded Amazon in his garage in 1994, is considered the richest man in recorded world history with a net worth of $137 billion.

Jeff Bezos, billionaire and founder/CEO of Amazon, is about to be a bachelor. In his spare time, Bezos also oversees Blue Origin as he competes with Elon Musk's SpaceX in a private sector space race. An Amazon spokesman confirmed the divorce. When Amazon showcased its new biospheres, the plant-filled architectural centerpiece of its Seattle headquarters, the couple toured the building with a horticulturist.

His home in Washington, D.C., is the largest in the district.

Bezos, Sanchez and Amazon did not yet respond to requests for comment.

"They have duties not to waste or devalue marital resources, and to keep the value of marital property as high as possible", she said. "Especially in the case of a public company, they're not going to want information to leak because it could ultimately affect stock prices".

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Amazon shares were down 0.2 per cent in midday trading on Wednesday.

He made the announcement via his Twitter handle.

Mr Bezos is the founder and chief executive of Amazon, which recently took Microsoft's spot as the most valuable U.S. firm.

The two married in 1993 after they met at hedge fund D.E. Shaw in NY, where they both worked. He interviewed her. They dated for three months and announced that they were engaged.

With that kind of settlement, MacKenzie would be the world's richest woman. While his wife did the cross-country driving, Bezos wrote a business plan on the way to Seattle - chosen for its abundance of tech talent.

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