Amazon boss announces divorce: How the fortune will be split?

Close on the heels of the announcement by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and his wife MacKenzie that they will divorce, speculations are rife about how will they split his giant fortune, estimated at USD 136 billion. It is to be noted that Bezos is the world's wealthiest man and his divorce announcement has created a huge buzz. The couple met in 1992 and they married less than a year later. When Bezos met his wife, he was a hedge fund manager on Wall Street. Only after that, he emerged a leading entrepreneur who changed the way millions of people across the world buy things. She was by his side for the entire Amazon adventure, from the company's humble beginnings in his Seattle garage in 1994 to its mammoth success today. They have four children - three sons and an adopted daughter - aged up to their late teens.

Following the couple's formal announcement that they would divorce after a long separation, MacKenzie, a novelist, is likely to become the richest woman in the world. Celebrity news outlet TMZ siad the Bezoses did not have a prenuptial agreement - which could mean an even split of assets. They were married in Florida in September 1993, according to documents seen by AFP. But their last place of residence would be the deciding factor in any divorce proceedings. The couple has numerous residences: in Seattle, where Amazon is based, but also in Washington DC, Texas and Beverly Hills, California.