Amazon Billionaire Jeff Bezos, who just announced his divorce from his wife after 25 years of marriage, appears to have been secretly dating Lauren Sanchez, a former TV anchor and the wife of Hollywood talent agent Patrick Whitesell.
Taking to Twitter, the e-commerce kingpin - whose net worth is now estimated at a Totally Normal™ AUD $191 billion - said "after a long period of loving exploration and trial separation, we have made a decision to divorce and continue our shared life as friends".
Bezos, 54, is worth US$137 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, a ranking of the world's 500 wealthiest individuals. He's also topped Forbes' annual list of the richest people on the planet for the first time ever.More news: Karl-Anthony Towns Shocked By Tom Thibodeau Firing
Amazon this week passed Microsoft to become the world's biggest publicly traded company by market capitalization.
Amazon has since evolved from an upstart website selling books to an e-commerce goliath that sells virtually all imaginable merchandise and runs data centers that power many other digital services such as Netflix.
At a Business Insider event in Berlin last April, Jeff Bezos said MacKenzie's support was instrumental when he founded Amazon as an online bookseller in 1994, and that she did the accounting for the company in its first year.
Amazon did not immediately return requests for comment about the status of the Bezos ownership stake or what impact the divorce might have on the company.
"Though the labels might be different, we remain a family, and we remain cherished friends".More news: Police Investigating Reported Party At R. Kelly’s Chicago Studio
A Princeton graduate who once worked under legendary novelist Toni Morrison, MacKenzie returned to her own writing in the years after Amazon's initial success. Jeff Bezos also bought a mansion in a swanky Washington D.C. neighbourhood past year for $US23 million.
They have four children.
With such a massive fortune at stake, this could turn out to be an extremely costly divorce.More news: Fed minutes reveal dovish approach to rate hikes this year