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Amazon CEO’s ex wife may be the fourth richest woman in the world

Jeff Bezoz who now owns 12 percent of Amazon, remains the world’s richest man and the largest shareholder in the company with an estimated fortune of $110 billion, Forbes said, ahead of Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and Berkshire Hathaway chairman Warren Buffett.

MacKenzie Bezos announced the divorce settlement on Twitter on Thursday.

“Grateful to have finished the process of dissolving my marriage with Jeff with support from each other and everyone who reached out to us in kindness,” MacKenzie Bezos wrote. “Happy to be giving him all of my interests in the Washington Post and Blue Origin, and 75% of our Amazon stock plus voting control of my shares to support his continued contributions with the teams of these incredible companies,” MacKenzie Bezos said. “Excited about my own plans. Grateful for the past as I look forward to what comes next,” she said.

According to calculations from the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, MacKenzie’s $36 billion earnings after the divorce makes her the fourth-richest woman in the world.

The publication reports that MacKenzie ranks behind the $54 billion fortune of L’Oreal heiress Francoise Bettencourt Meyers and the $44 billion held by Alice Walton, of the Walmart family. MacKenzie is nearly tied with the third place rank, the $37 billion net worth of Mars candy company heiress Jacqueline Badger Mars.

Her husband released his own statement, writing, “I’m so grateful to all my friends and family for reaching out with encouragement and love. It means more than you know. MacKenzie most of all.”

“I’m grateful for her support and for her kindness in this process and am very much looking forward to our new relationship as friends and co-parents,” he continued. “In all our work together, MacKenzie’s abilities have been on full display. She has been an extraordinary partner, ally, and mother. She is resourceful and brilliant and loving, and as our futures unroll, I know I’ll always be learning from her.”

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