9 Things You Might Not Know About MacKenzie Bezos and The Most Expensive Divorce in History

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MacKenzie Bezos is currently married to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, but he began seeing another woman last year. She is also married, to make things even messier, to Jeff’s friend Patrick Whitesell, an American talent agent. Sources at the National Enquirer have reported the couple brazenly dining together in downtown Seattle as far back as last April, while sources close to Bezos and Sanchez said, according to Page Six, that they separated from their respective spouses in fall 2018.

Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest entrepreneur has a net worth of an estimated $137 billion, According to Forbes. This makes him the richest man in the world.

The couple announced their plans to divorce after 25 years of marriage, on Twitter. Wednesday, January 2nd, Bezos posted “If we had known we would separate after 25 years, we would do it all again,” adding “We’ve had such a great life together as a married couple, and we also see wonderful futures ahead, as parents, friends, partners in ventures and projects, and as individuals pursuing ventures and adventures.”

So who is Mackenzie Bezos? Although she’s spent the last two decades supporting her husband’s rise to the top, MacKenzie Bezos has cultivated success in her own right while staying mostly out of the spotlight.

She’s Smart & Literate

Smart and Literate
Norman Jean Roy, Vogue


Amazon started with books and so did Mackenzie! She has had a lifelong interest in books., and wrote her first at age six. As a young girl, she produced a 142-page story called “The Book Worm”, which was unfortunately later lost in a flood. According to her Amazon bio, it was “reduced to a soup of pulp in the drawer of an old roll-top desk”.

After growing up in San Francisco, MacKenzie went to Hotchkiss, followed by Princeton. Not only is Mrs. Bezos well-educated, but she is also courageous.

She Asked Jeff Out First

Early Days
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She isn’t afraid to go after what she wants! Mackenzie’s work history includes a hedge fund, where she and Jeff met while she was interviewing, in 1992. He was a vice president – at D.E. Shaw, a hedge fund in New York City – and she a mere research associate, but she invited him out for lunch anyway. She worked in the office next to his! Three months later the two were engaged and six months later they married.

As he told Vogue, “I think my wife is resourceful, smart, brainy, and hot, but I had the good fortune of having seen her résumé before I met her, so I knew exactly what her SATs were.”

She Was Impressing Others Before She Met Jeff

With Toni Morrison, at Princeton
Princeton University

The future Mrs. Bezos working as an assistant to the famed novelist Toni Morrison while studying at Princeton. A good impression was made! In 2013 Morrison told Vogue she still considers her “one of the best students I’ve ever had in my creative-writing classes . . . really one of the best.” It was Toni Morrison who set MacKenzie up with one of the writing industry’s most powerful literary agents, Amanda “Binky Urban.

She Was One of Amazon’s First Employees

The Family, All Together
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The couple quit their jobs and moved to Seattle, in 1994, to explore Jeff’s crazy new business idea to sell books online. They lived in a one-bedroom rental downtown.

MacKenzie helped with accounting the very first year and, according to Wired, was responsible for negotiating Amazon’s first freight contracts. Mr. Bezos has always been outspoken about his wife’s unwavering support during that period. “When you have loving and supportive people in your life, like MacKenzie, my parents, my grandfather, my grandmother, you end up being able to take risks,” Mr. Bezos had said.

In 1999 they purchased a then $10 million mansion in suburban Lake Washington, flush with profit from the unprecedented and game-changing business success. The couple has four children, three sons, and a daughter adopted from China.

She Has Been a Fierce Defender of Her Husband

At the Oscars
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In 2014, Mrs. Bezos made headlines when she left a scathing, one-star review of : The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos And Amazon” a book she felt was inaccurate. In a 900-word write-up criticizing the book, MacKenzie Bezos asserts that the book leads off with an inaccuracy — that Jeff Bezos read “Remains of the Day” by Kazuo Ishiguro before he started Amazon, which she says he read a year later. That seems like a small point to begin with, as the base for the lowest possible rating, especially when the average rating is four and a half stars.

“I was there when he wrote the business plan, and I worked with him and many others represented in the converted garage, the basement warehouse closet, the barbecue-scented offices, the Christmas-rush distribution centers, and the door-desk filled conference rooms in the early years of Amazon’s history,” she wrote in the review.

She’s An Accomplished Novelist

MacKenzie and Jeff in 2017

Though MacKenzie has said she put her writing on hold for about ten years while raising her children, she has nonetheless penned two novels.

In 2006 she was honored with an American Book Award for her first novel. This American family story titled “The Testing of Luther Albright” is about a dam builder whose ordered family structure begins to unravel after a house he built is damaged in an earthquake. Originally published August 1, 2005, The New York Times book called it “quietly absorbing” noting, “Indeed, Bezos’ articulation of one middle-aged man’s interior life is so convincing that at times the book reads like the autobiography of a coward — albeit a coward burdened with hindsight.”

Her second novel, Traps, was published in 2013. Instead of focusing on one family, it’s a tale of four different women and follows the trajectory of their suddenly intersecting lives over the course of four days. Most importantly, she is still writing. In a 2013 interview with Vogue, MacKenzie revealed that she rents a separate apartment close to home, in order to have a private space where she can write undisturbed.

She’s Going to Be Richer Than Alice Walton

At Amazon Studios
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According to CNBC, Mackenzie’s divorce may turn out to be the most expensive in history. As per this publication, the couple’s home state of Washington is a “property state”. This means that any wealth acquired during the marriage could result in an even split. The Bezos married in September 1993 and Amazon was founded in July 1995.

Even if outlets like People are trying to sell Jeff’s new, relationship as something noble, like true love, if MacKenzie receives even one-third of her husband’s wealth, she will become the richest woman in the world, surpassing the even Walmart heiress Alice Walton.

She’s Gorgeous, Better Looking Than the Girlfriend

Looking Gorgeous in Red
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MacKenzie exudes natural beauty and grace.

Now go look at a picture of Lauren Sanchez, who has been seeing Jeff as far back as April 2018, according to the New York Post’s Page Six, in a report published January 14. The cheating couple was photographed having a romantic dinner of oysters and champagne at the Four Seasons Hotel in Seattle. This is only nine miles from Bezos’ family home.

Lauren Sanchez
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At least the 49-year-old Lauren Sanchez is age appropriate. In fact, in a refreshing twist, the mistress is a year older than the current wife. Unfortunately, Sanchez looks more like a real housewife, similar to Teresa Giudice, with obvious-to-bad plastic surgery, while Mackenzie appears all natural, sleek and more than that one year younger.

MacKenzie Will Be Just Fine

Moving On
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MacKenzie is likely to bounce back better than her soon-to-be ex. She remains down to earth, not only in looks but in regular actions like picking up her children from school rather than delegating the task to hired help. She’s also anti socialite (and thus more immune to the lure of surgical tweaking than others, ahem). Although as one half of power, billionaire couple she has often been photographed at star-studded social events, and can certainly rise to the occasion with her looks, stature, and fashion sense.

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