Affair with friend’s wife may cost Amazon’s Jeff Bezos $69 billion

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The divorce is further complicated by the fact the couple reside in Washington in the USA which is a "community property state" which means all assets and debts accrued during the marriage are considered equally owned by both spouses, unless a prenuptial agreement states otherwise.

The paper also asserts that it was their dirt on Bezos that prompted him to publicly announce his divorce from wife MacKenzie, 48.

After Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos announced their plans to divorce after 25 years of marriage, Amazon investors have reacted with a shrug, with the company's stock price essentially flat in mid-day trading today.

The joint statement concluded: "We've had such a great life together as a married couple, and we also see wonderful futures ahead, as parents, friends, partners in ventures and projects, and as individuals pursuing ventures and adventures".

The couple, who have four children, met while working at the hedge fund DE Shaw prior to Bezos's founding of Amazon. Moreover, the National Enquirer has released purported texts between Bezos and Sanchez that could throw a new light to their relationship, E!

No information is available on how the couple are dealing with the financial implication of the divorce. In another exchange, the Amazon boss reportedly wrote, "I want to smell you, I want to breathe you in".

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The National Enquirer revealed on Thursday it had tailed the billionaire for four months across five states as he engaged in secret trysts with Lauren Sanchez, a former Fox presenter. "As our family and close friends know, after a long period of loving exploration and trial separation, we have chose to divorce and continue our shared lives with friends", read a joint statement from the pair, which Bezos posted on social media. He owns about 80 million shares, or just under 16%, of Amazon.

Other woman Sanchez is married to a Tinseltown talent big wheel named Patrick Whitesell.

Sources previously told Page Six that Bezos and Sanchez became close in the fall after the TV anchor separated from Whitesell, an agent to stars including Matt Damon and Hugh Jackman.

Bezos is the richest man in the world.

Bezos' lawyer told the Enquirer it was "widely known" that Bezos and MacKenzie were "long separated".

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