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MacKenzie Bezos gets ready for a R540bn stake in Amazon

MacKenzie Bezos gets ready for a R540bn stake in Amazon

It’s official. MacKenzie and Jeff Bezos are divorced after25 years of marriage.

A King County, Washington judge on Friday signed an orderformalising the separation. That sets the stage for the transfer of some 19.7million shares of Amazon.com Inc. to MacKenzie’s name. The Bezoses announcedthe split in January.

That 4% holding is valued at $38.3bn (about R540bn), enoughto place her 22nd on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, a ranking of the world’s500 richest people. Her former husband, the founder and chief executive officerof the world’s largest online retailer and web-services company, retains a 12%stake worth $114.8bn (about R1.6 trn) and remains the world’s wealthiestperson.

The court papers formalising the divorce revealed littleelse about the terms of the separation. The couple filed a parenting plan fortheir children earlier this week. MacKenzie Bezos, a 49-year-old novelist, saidin an April tweet that she gave Jeff Bezos, 55, all of her interests in theWashington Post and space-exploration company Blue Origin.

She also signed the Giving Pledge in May, promising todonate more than half of her fortune to philanthropy.