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Will Jeff Bezos' divorce impact Blue Origin $1B funding pledge?

Will Jeff Bezos' divorce impact Blue Origin $1B funding pledge?

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his wife MacKenzie are getting divorced after twenty-five years of marriage.

"As our family and close friends know, after a long period of loving exploration and trial separation, we have chose to divorce and continue our shared lives as friends", they wrote. (See their full statement below.) They have yet to file any official paperwork with the courts, confirming expectations that they will seek to handle the matter privately so as to avoid attracting unwanted attention to the company.

A report from the National Enquirer details that Bezos, 54, was having an affair with his friend Patrick Whitesell's wife, former Extra host Lauren Sanchez, during his marriage.

In their statement on Wednesday, Jeff and MacKenzie said they had been going through a "trial separation" in recent months. Aside from Amazon, Bezos founded rocket company Blue Origin and bought the Washington Post for $250 million earlier this decade. The couple originally met as colleagues at NY hedge fund D.E. Shaw.

It was through her husband that Sanchez is believed to have met the richest man in the world.

Bezos reportedly propositioned Sanchez behind her husband's back while they honored the Oscar-winning film Manchester By The Sea.

Her other credits include hosting the first season of "So You Think You Can Dance" and co-hosting "Good Day L.A." on FOX.




Sources previously told Page Six that Bezos and Sanchez became close in the fall after the TV anchor separated from Whitesell, an agent to stars including Matt Damon and Hugh Jackman. She also has a 17-year-old son with ex Tony Gonzalez.

Half of that money could be handed over to Mackenzie under Washington state law.

The divorce between Bezos and wife, MacKenzie, may be more complicated than originally expected.

The divorce deal could significantly dilute his ownership and control of Amazon.

"The news today was not a surprise to her. Lauren was with Jeff at the Golden Globes because they are dating", the person said. "I'm in the process of converting my Amazon lottery winnings into a much lower price of admission so we can go explore the solar system".

The Amazon chief's estimated net worth is reproted to be about 137 billion dollars.

Even if Bezos were exempted from filing a Form 4, he would be required to update promptly the record of his Amazon holdings on file with the SEC if his position in the company changed by 1 per cent or more, said D.C. securities lawyer Thomas Gorman.