Jeff Bezos to Keep 75 Percent of Amazon Stock After Divorce

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If MacKenzie Bezos sells her shares, the buyer would have to enter into an agreement with Jeff Bezos to grant him the rights to vote those shares, according to the filing.

The settlement makes MacKenzie, a novelist, one of the wealthiest women in the world and places her in the same class of heiresses who own giant stakes in L'Oreal and Wal-Mart. At current value, this means her stake is worth more than $35 (£37) billion, according to Forbes.

The announcement from the Bezoses - coming in a tweet from MacKenzie that was retweeted by Jeff - settled a closely watched matter of corporate governance affecting one of the world's richest companies, with a market capitalization of $890 billion.

She's also "happy to be giving him all of my interests" in the Post, Blue Origin, and 75 percent of the stock, MacKenzie Bezos said.

Bezos also issued a statement via Twitter, saying in part, "I'm so grateful to all my friends and family for reaching out with encouragement and love".

While MacKenzie's shares payout is only half what she is entitled to, it is still 10 times more than the second most expensive divorce settlement in history.

Many had anxious about what this divorce would mean for the future of Amazon.

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The novellist appeared to brush off any animosity between the pair, claiming to be "looking forward to [the] next phase as co-parents and friends".

The couple in January announced their split in January after 25 years of marriage.

Jeff Bezos followed moments later with his own tweet echoing hers and adding of his ex-wife, "She has been an extraordinary partner, ally, and mother. Grateful for the past as I look forward to what comes next". "She is resourceful and brilliant".

Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos have finalized their divorce.

The tabloid said it learned of the affair from Michael Sanchez, the brother of Bezos's girlfriend.

He has credited MacKenzie, 48, for her support when he uprooted the young couple to Seattle from NY to launch Amazon, an online bookseller that grew into the world's largest internet retailer.

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