World's richest man Jeff Bezos is getting divorced

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos tweets his divorce announcement

Bezos, 54, shared the announcement on his personal Twitter account shortly after 9am Eastern on Wednesday, signed by both him and MacKenzie.

News of the couple's split has been exploding on social media, with some already anticipating the largest divorce settlement of all time.

Patrick, Lauren and Jeff were even pictured together at a 2016 event for the movie "Manchester By The Sea", which starred another of Patrick's clients, Michelle Williams.

Another insider tells PEOPLE, "Patrick and Lauren have been on and off for a while and have been separated". At the time, MacKenzie was a research associate and Jeff was vice president at the firm. In practice, though, it's unlikely MacKenzie would force her husband to write a check that big, because the couple still have some common business interests.

It is unlikely that many details of the divorce will become public, NY lawyer Bernard Clair, who is representing Judith Giuliani in her divorce from former NY mayor Rudy Giuliani, said.

Similarly, sources emerged late on Wednesday claiming that Sanchez and her husband Whitesell had "separated" in recent months, attempting to spin the alleged affair as something that was known to all parties. However, things might have gotten a little too close over time.

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Ms Bezos has credited Ms Bezos, 48, for her support when he uprooted the young couple from NY to Seattle so he could launch the online bookseller that grew into one of the world's largest retailers.

Sanchez is a helicopter pilot and the former anchor of Fox 11's Good Day LA. She has also appeared as a guest co-host on The View. She also heads a company called Black Ops Aviation.

Amazon has since evolved from an upstart website selling books to an e-commerce goliath that sells virtually all imaginable merchandise and runs data centres that power many other digital services such as Netflix.

Sanchez and Whitesell tied the knot in 2005, which was attended by several of Whitesell's clients, including Ben Affleck and Matt Damon. Lauren also has a son from her first marriage to former National Football League player Tony Gonzalez.

MacKenzie also said that Jeff is her "best reader" and he often cleared his schedule to read her manuscript.

"I was always in the hangar growing up but knew nothing about flying", she told The Hollywood Reporter.

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