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How much could Mackenzie Bezos get in a divorce?


Jeff Bezos ' divorce could become the most expensive in history — exactly what he pays out will depend on the complexities of marital law and the value of Amazon .


Bezos announced in a tweet Wednesday that he and his wife of 25 years, MacKenzie, have "decided to divorce."


Since Amazon was founded a year after the Bezoses were married, MacKenzie could argue that she is entitled to half of Bezos' entire Amazon-based fortune.


To fund a settlement that big, Bezos would have sell or pledge shares, which could dilute his ownership and control of the company.


But divorce attorneys say that is highly likely MacKenzie would want the family fortune to continue to grow — and that is tied in large part to Jeff Bezos' control of the company.


So she would be unlikely to push for a settlement that would require him to sell shares that would dilute his control — and any reduction of his stake in the company.






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