Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announces that he is divorcing MacKenzie Bezos

Jeff Bezos MacKenzie BezosDia Dipasupil / StaffDia Dipasupil / Staff

Amazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos said that he will divorce his wife of 25 years, MacKenzie Bezos, in a tweet on Wednesday.

"As our family and close friends know, after a long period of loving exploration and trial separation, we have decided to divorce and continue our shared lives as friends," the couple wrote in the statement. 

"If we had known we would separate after 25 years, we would do it all again," it continued. 

MacKenzie Bezos was one of Amazon's first employees. The couple met at D.E. Shaw, a bank, before Jeff Bezos founded Amazon. 

In Amazon lore, part of the company's business plan was written while Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos drove across the country to Seattle. 

MacKenzie Bezos is a novelist, and has written books including "The Testing of Luther Albright" and "Traps."

Today, Bezos is worth over $137 billion, according to Bloomberg, making him the richest person in the world. 

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