Updated: 01/09/19 1:00PM
Jeff Bezos and his wife of 25 years, MacKenzie, have filed for divorce and the settlement could be a historic one.
Bezos is the richest man in the world, owning Amazon and The Washington Post, and is worth a reported $137 billion. The couple met in 1993, four years before Bezos started Amazon. The two are parents to four children–3 sons and one daughter adopted from China. He made the divorce announcement on Wednesday, January 9th, 2019, on his Twitter.
In the joint statement, the couple said. “We want to make people aware of a development in our lives. As our family and close friends know, after a long period of loving exploration and trial separation, we have decided to divorce and continue our shared lives as friends.”
There are no reports that indicate the couple signed a prenuptial agreement, which means that the wealth accumulated during their marriage would be split evenly. Even if the couple doesn’t divide the money equally, the split could lead to the most expensive divorce in history.
Currently the record holder for the most expensive divorce is billionaire art dealer Alec Wildenstein and Jocelyn Wildenstein, who won about $2.5 billion in the divorce settlement.