Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos $137B Divorce Involves No Prenup

Lauren Sanchez and her reportedly-estranged husband Patrick Whitesell with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos in 2016

Lauren Sanchez and her reportedly-estranged husband Patrick Whitesell with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos in 2016

The couple lives in Washington state, "a community property state" meaning that couples who divorce - and don't have a prenup - split the dough 50/50.

A Princeton graduate and successful author in her own right, MacKenzie was said to have been instrumental in helping Jeff found Amazon from a garage in Seattle, where they later moved. Should MacKenzie Bezos wind up with half of the total fortune, she would instantly become the world's richest woman.

According to Radar Online, that she is Lauren Sanchez ... wife of William Morris Endeavor talent agent Patrick Whitesell.

The couple originally met as colleagues at NY hedge fund D.E. Shaw.

A source close to the Bezos told DailyMail.com that the Amazon founder only began seeing Sanchez after separating from his wife, however, the National Enquirer claims the affair went on behind their spouses' backs.

No information is available on how the couple are dealing with the financial implication of the divorce. I want to hold you tight.... That's despite the fact that the breakup comes amid shocking reports this week about Jeff Bezos' reported affair with Sanchez, including allegations that he sent her a slew of steamy texts and pictures.

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According to United States tabloid National Enquirer, Bezos, 54, and Lauren Sanchez, 49, a helicopter pilot and former Fox anchor, have been dating since June.

Bezos has a current net worth of $137 billion (down from last year's $160 billion), while Amazon is the most valuable company in the world with a total worth of $810 billion.

Bezos, who was recently named the richest man in the world, and wife MacKenzie Bezos announced their split in a statement on the billionaire's Twitter account on Wednesday, writing that they had chose to continue their "shared lives as friends".

Bezos added: "We feel incredibly lucky to have found each other and deeply grateful for every one of the years we have been married to each other". They share two children, while Sanchez also has another child from an earlier marriage.

However, Bezos' wife, MacKenzie, knew the two were dating, the Post quotes an unnamed person close to Bezos as saying. "If we had known we would separate after 25 years, we would do it all again".

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