Do I Need A Prenup?
Posted: Monday January 21 2019
By: Guest Blogger
Already this year we have seen the World’s richest man, Jeff Bezos, the founder and CEO of online retailer Amazon, announce via Twitter his divorce. This potentially will see his alleged $137 US billion dollar fortune being split equally with his wife, MacKenzie and her becoming one of the world’s richest women overnight. It also gives rise to consideration of how matters could have been very different had there been a prenuptial agreement in place.
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Jeff and MacKenzie first met when he interviewed her for a research position at the Manhatten hedge fund where he worked.
In a 2013 interview given to Vogue magazine, the Bezos’ marriage was described as being “one of those complementary marriages, in which two parts come together to form an even stronger one”. In such an interview, Mackenzie describes Jeff as her “opposite”.
When they met, Mackenzie was a somewhat reserved, aspiring writer working in finance to pay the bills whilst Jeff, who is 6 years her senior, was the more gregarious business man working in the office next door.
They became engaged within 3 months of dating and married after 6 months in 1993. Together they have 4 children.
Shortly after their marriage, the Bezos moved from New York to Seattle where Mackenzie encouraged Jeff to follow his passion of launching an online bookstore which they started from a garage in Seattle and which has since become the global giant Amazon.
Amazon began in 1994.
Despite the company being fronted by Jeff, Amazon was very much something of a joint venture from the outset with MacKenzie supporting Jeff throughout. Reports suggest she did the company accounts, helped brainstorm names for the company and even shipped the early orders through UPS.
In 1997 Jeff became a millionaire and is now reported to have a net worth of approximately $137 billion US dollars. He remains the largest single shareholder in Amazon with almost a 17% shareholding in the company.