Jeff Bezos and wife MacKenzie to divorce after 25 years

Jeff and Mac Kenzie Bezos have been married for 25 years. 

Billionaire Jeff Bezos, founder and chief executive of Amazon, and wife MacKenzie Bezos, are divorcing after 25 years of marriage, the couple said in a joint statement on Jeff Bezos' Twitter account on Wednesday.

Bezos, 54, is worth US$137 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, a ranking of the world's 500 wealthiest people.

Speaking at an event in Berlin last April, Jeff Bezos acknowledged MacKenzie's support as instrumental when he founded Amazon in 1994, adding that she did the accounting for the company in its first year.

Bezos bought The Post in 2013 in a $250 million deal. Mackenzie could be legally entitled to half of Bezos' Amazon earnings, since he made it during their marriage.

But the Bezos divorce seems likely to attract more attention than when Google co-founder Sergey Brin - now worth $US49 billion - divorced his former wife Anne in 2015.

MacKenzie Bezos told Vogue Magazine in 2013 that the pair had met when he interviewed her for a job at a hedge fund in NY. That includes stock ownership, though Amazon has not filed any regulatory documents to suggest Bezos' stake in the company has changed. She has released two novels, the first of which, The Testing of Luther Albright, collected an American Book Award in 2006.

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Amazon came under fire previous year for its perceived anti-union practices. And Amazon followed Apple to become the second-ever U.S. company to reach a $1 trillion valuation although the company has since dropped back to a $791 billion market cap .

The attorneys said it's likely she would not push him to sell any shares that could impact his control. They got married just six months after they began dating, according to Jeff Bezos.

Putting out a statement on Twitter, Bezos said he and MacKenzie will remain "cherished friends".

Amazon shares were up 0.2 per cent in midday trading on Wednesday.

A prenup is a legally binding contract two people sign before marrying that covers financial issues and the future of assets in the event of a divorce, Kelly Frawley, partner in the Matrimonial and Family Law Department at Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP, told Business Insider's Hillary Hoffower.

They are the parents of four children.

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