Divorce is never easy for any party involved. After you’ve built a life with someone, having to relearn life alone is no simple feat, especially for those who have been married for a significant amount of time.
On January 9, Amazon.com’s founder and CEO, Jeffrey P. Bezos, and his wife of 25 years, MacKenzie, issued a public announcement that they have chosen to go their separate ways. Jeff took to Twitter to make the news known:
“We want to make people aware of a development in our lives. 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. We feel incredibly lucky to have found each other and deeply grateful for every one of the years we have been married to each other,” he wrote.
He continued with a heartfelt sentiment about their time spent together: “If we had known we would separate after 25 years together, we would do it all again. 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. Though the labels might be different, we remain a family, and we remain cherished friends. Jeff & MacKenzie”
The Bezos met one another in 1992 at a hedge fund, D.E. Shaw & Co. It was only a year later that the two tied the knot. In an interview, MacKenzie told sources about the moment she knew she was falling for Jeffery. “My office was next door to his, and all day long I listened to that fabulous laugh. How could you not fall in love with that laugh?” she said.
While this is certainly not the ending anyone ever anticipated, it’s very refreshing to see both parties treat the situation with delicate respect. We know that the future might be a bit hazy and uncertain for the ‘Richest Americans’ as they try and navigate lives separately. Please keep their four children in your thoughts as prayers in the days and months to come.