United States tabloid claims Jeff Bezos has been dating former TV anchor Lauren Sanchez since June WASHINGTON Hours after Jeff Bezos announced his divorce from his wife of 25 years MacKenzie came reports that the Amazon CEO has been involved with a former TV anchor for the past seven months.
Bezos' lawyer told the Enquirer it was "widely known" that Bezos and MacKenzie were "long separated". (See their full statement below.) They have yet to file any official paperwork with the courts, confirming expectations that they will seek to handle the matter privately so as to avoid attracting unwanted attention to the company. Later in the day, the National Enquirer - whose chairman and chief executive, David Pecker, has been a close Trump ally - reported that Bezos has been having a relationship with Lauren Sanchez, a former TV anchor and helicopter pilot and the wife of Hollywood talent agent Patrick Whitesell.
Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie, did not address the financial terms of their divorce when announcing their split in a joint statement on Wednesday. Aside from Amazon, Bezos founded rocket company Blue Origin and bought the Washington Post for $250 million earlier this decade.
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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 made a decision to continue their "shared lives as friends". She served as the initial host on Fox's So You Think You Can Dance, and has been a contributor to TV shows including The View, Larry King Live, Showbiz Tonight, and The Joy Behar Show.
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Fortune noted on Wednesday that Bezos" divorce could "remove the "world's richest man' title from Bezos' resume".
Bezos reportedly propositioned Sanchez behind her husband's back while they honored the Oscar-winning film Manchester By The Sea.
The couple could have devised a postnuptial agreement to do so on their own, and likely have a deal meant to not rock Amazon.
A source told the magazine that Sanchez and her husband had been officially separated since fall. "I'm in the process of converting my Amazon lottery winnings into a much lower price of admission so we can go explore the solar system". Without such an agreement MacKenzie, 48, would be entitled to half of the 54-year-old Amazon CEO's estimated net worth of $137 billion.
Mr Bezos is the founder and chief executive of Amazon, which recently took Microsoft's spot as the most valuable USA firm.