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The world's richest man, Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos, and his wife MacKenzie Bezos are to divorce after a 25-year marriage.

A Jeff Bezos divorce is taking place between the Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) CEO and his wife, MacKenzie.

Social media have been rocked by news about the world's richest man, Jeff Bezos, announcing his divorce.

Sanchez, who is said to have met Bezos while her company was shooting aerial video for his side venture Blue Origin, was publicly spotted alongside the online retail mogul as recently as Amazon's Golden Globes party on Sunday.

Bezos and MacKenzie announced in a statement on the billionaire's Twitter that they had chose to continue their "shared lives as friends".

In the joint statement, the couple said they looked forward to continuing working together as "parents, friends, partners in ventures and projects, and as individuals pursuing ventures and adventures".

Amazon's shares shrank 0.33% or US$5.42 in afterhours trading, to US$1,654.00, at 10.51pm NY time.

Jeff is estimated to have a net worth of a whopping $221 billion Aussie dollars.

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

The trio was photographed together in 2016 at a holiday party for Manchester by the Sea which was produced by Matt Damon (one of Whitesell's clients) and distributed by Bezos' Amazon.

Days before announcing his divorce from his wife, Jeff Bezos "was in a great mood" at the 2019 Golden Globes on Sunday, a source tells PEOPLE. The two said that if they had known they would separate after 25 years of marriage, they would do it all again. MacKenzie's primary influence on Bezos and Amazon was to provide encouragement in the early years and support through tumultuous times, one of the people said. The two were engaged after three months of dating and married three months afterwards, according to a Vogue article. In other words, instead of selling or transferring Amazon shares, Jeff Bezos could offer monetary compensation equivalent to the shares' fair market value. So, the news of his costly divorce sparked a slew of hilarious comebacks from Twitter users, who speculated over how the separation will impact the tycoon's fortune. Likewise, Google co-founder Sergey Brin's stake remained unchanged after he and Anne Wojcicki divorced without fanfare in 2015.

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