Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos Through the Years: From an Office Romance to $137 Billion Split

A look back at the Amazon CEO and the novelist's relationship in the wake of the news that the pair is divorcing following 25 years of marriage

01 of 08

An Office Romance

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The two (pictured in 2003) met after MacKenzie graduated from Princeton University with an English degree. She moved to New York City and interviewed at the investment management firm D.E. Shaw, where the future Amazon founder and CEO was the first person who interviewed her.

“My office was next door to his, and all day long I listened to that fabulous laugh,” she recalled to Vogue in 2013. “How could you not fall in love with that laugh?”

The pair were engaged within three months after their first date, and married within six, according to Vogue.

02 of 08

Amazon's Early Days

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Shortly after they married in 1993, the newlyweds quit their jobs and moved to Seattle to start Amazon.

It was MacKenzie who drove the couple across the country as Jeff typed out his business plan, according to the Wall Street Journal.

03 of 08

Building a Family

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The duo (pictured in 2012) have four children together: three sons and a daughter.

MacKenzie put off writing her first novel, 2005's The Testing of Luther Albright, to raise the kids. "After the third child, I knew I couldn’t be the kind of parent I wanted to be and continue writing," she told Vogue. "Those years were just too busy.”

04 of 08

Their Own Passions

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As Amazon grew (Jeff is the world's richest man, worth $137 billion), MacKenzie (shown in 2016) focused on her own endevours. Along with writing, she founded anti-bullying organization Bystander Revolution in 2014, and serves as its executive director.

05 of 08

Next Steps

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In 2013, Jeff (pictured with MacKenzie in January 2017) bought The Washington Post for $250 million.

“I did not negotiate," he said at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit years later. "I accepted the asking price. [Then-Washington Post CEO] Donald Graham was the most honorable person in the world. He laid out every single [detail] worth knowing that was bad and everything that was great about the paper."

06 of 08

New Adventures

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After Amazon started to foray into video in 2015, Jeff and MacKenzie popped up at awards seasons red carpets and parties, such as the Amazon Studios Oscar Celebration in February 2017. Amazon Studios won its first three Oscars for Manchester by the Sea and The Salesman that year.

07 of 08

Going Their Separate Ways

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The couple, here in February 2017, announced their divorce after 25 years of marriage on Jan. 9.

“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," Jeff tweeted on both of their behalves. "Though the labels might be different, we remain a family, and we remain cherished friends.”

08 of 08

Money Matters

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The day after the pair (in January 2018) revealed that they're divorcing, news broke that Jeff and MacKenzie reportedly did not have a prenup before tying the knot in 1993. If that's the case, MacKenzie, 48, would be entitled to half of the 54-year-old Amazon CEO’s estimated net worth of $137 billion.

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