American billionaire Jeff Bezos, founder and chief of Amazon, will keep the family treasury well after his divorce: controlling the couple's actions in their group.
His future ex-wife, MacKenzie Bezos, announced on Twitter on Thursday that he plans to leave 75% of the securities after the separation.
Therefore, it will retain 25% of the shares they held together, or 4% of Amazon's share capital. That's about $ 36 billion compared to the current stock market.
Above all, it grants Jeff Bezos all the voting rights in all his actions.
The unexpected announcement of the couple's separation in January, after 25 years of marriage, has raised many questions about how to divide their fortune – estimated at about $ 150 billion by Forbes magazine – and control a company currently valued at $ 890 billion in stock market.
Although the Bezos have many residences in Seattle and Washington, Texas or Beverly Hills, the 16% of the Amazon capital the couple owned together was the bulk of their wealth.
MacKenzie Tuttle, from her birth name, met Jeff Bezos in 1992, before founding in the garage of her home what became an online trading empire. She was one of the first employees.
She could theoretically have claimed half of her wealth.
Jeff Bezos, 55, quite discreet by nature, entered the celebrity column in January when he announced his divorce before a tabloid, the National Enquirer, was revealed about his relationship with another woman.
Third richest woman
A few weeks later, the billionaire was in the midst of a resounding scandal based on conspiracy, blackmail, mistress and spoiled photos.
Threatened, he said, by blackmailing the naked photo of the National Enquirer, a tabloid owned by a former US president Donald Trump, he did not hesitate to publicly counter-attack by revealing the case, even to spread his private life in the open and throw the details of the photos that the weekly threatened to publish.
Some feared the possibility of a conflictive divorce, which would obscure the landscape for the Amazon, both in terms of property and public relations.
The release announcing the separation of the couple, however, showed a decidedly calm tone, ensuring that Jeff and MacKenzie remained "Dear friends".
After retweeting his wife's message on Thursday, Bezos thanked him in a separate tweet for "your support and kindness during this process".
On Wall Street, Amazon shareholders reacted little to Thursday's announcement.
According to a document sent to the stock market authorities, divorce papers were filed in court on Thursday and the lawsuit should be finalized in about three months.
MacKenzie Bezos also plans to give her husband all of the couple's actions in The Washington Post and the Blue Origin space company.
That will not stop her from becoming, according to Forbes magazine, the third richest woman in the world, behind French Françoise Bettencourt-Meyers, heiress of L'Oreal, and the American Alice Walton, descendant of the founders of the supermarkets Walmart. .
Still according to the same source, Jeff Bezos should remain as the richest man in the world, with a fortune estimated at 110 billion dollars.