MacKenzie Bezos becomes world’s 4th richest woman after divorce

WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:

  • Following the divorce settlement of Mackenzie and Jeff Bezos’ 25-year marriage, Mackenzie, who still maintains a 4% stake in the company that is roughly $36 billion, places 4th in Bloomberg’s list of richest women in the world.
  • She is ranked behind L’Oreal heiress Francoise Bettencourt Meyers and Alice Walton of Walmart and almost tied with Jacqueline Badger Mars of Mars company who places third on the list.
  • She announced in her Twitter account that she gave up her other shares in the Washington Post and the space exploration company Blue Origin.

MacKenzie Bezos makes it on the 4th spot of the world’s richest women after her divorce from Amazon founder Jeff Bezos had been settled.

In a statement from her new Twitter account on Thursday, she announced that she still retains 25% of the couple’s stock in Amazon, or around a 4% share in the whole company. As per Amazon’s current share price, that share is estimated to be worth $36 billion.

According to the Bloomberg Billionaires’ Index, Bezos lands the fourth spot behind L’Oreal heiress Francoise Bettencourt Meyers with a net worth of $54 billion and Alice Walton of the Walmart family with her $44 billion.

Bezos is nearly tied with Jacqueline Badger Mars of the Mars candy company family whose net worth of $37 billion lands her on the third spot.

 However, according to Forbes, Bezos should be number 3 on the list due to their lower estimates of Mars’ net worth. Bezos’ fortune is based on her Amazon holdings and not on any other portions of her net worth.

Amid speculations about the couple’s combined wealth, the spotlight was directed on MacKenzie Bezos, following the announcement of their 25-year marriage in January. Prior to the divorce, her combined fortune with Jeff Bezos didn’t put her on the radar of these lists. But she could have leaped to the top spot if the couple agreed to an even split.

She also added in her statement that aside from Jeff Bezos maintaining voting control of her shares, she also gave up her interests in the Washington Post and Blue Origin, Bezos’ space exploration company.

Bezos, a writer who published two novels, expressed her excitement over her own plans after having concluded the divorce process, and her gratitude for everyone who “reached out to us in kindness.” “Grateful for the past as I look forward to our next phase as co-parents and friends,” said Bezos in her statement.

 

Source: Fortune

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