Ok, after Donald Trump felt the need to weigh in on the largest divorce in history, I couldn’t resist but write a post.
Not only was Trump’s comment entirely inappropriate for his position (shocker), he underscored the assumption that so many people seem to be making.
That Jeff’s billions of dollars are Jeff’s billions of dollars.
Sorry – let me just go back and check the numbers………oh yes, Jeff and Mack got married in 1993.
So they’ve been married for over 25 years.
That would mean that they got married about a year before Jeff started up the beginnings of Amazon in his garage. And I’m guessing this wasn’t an arranged marriage, and that there was a period of time prior to their marriage where they had an ongoing relationship? Which would date their relationship to long before garage Amazon was a thing Jeff was doing?
And I’m also guessing that MacKenzie had some involvement in the decision making process of whether or not she was cool with their garage being used as a start-up for an online store? I would venture to guess that she didn’t think Jeff was jamming with a garage band out there?
So why is everybody assuming that MacKenzie just spent the last 25+ years riding Jeff’s coat tails? Did she have nothing to do with decision to pursue Amazon as a viable business, or the financial risk they incurred as a couple by supporting Jeff’s lofty dreams?
Seriously people, are we in the dark ages here?
Also, in an article in the Atlantic last year, it was calculated that Jeff would need to spend $28 million dollars a day (yes a day) just to keep from getting wealthier! Not even to spend his fortune, just to keep it status quo!!! I think he can weather this financial storm.
Suffice to say I don’t have a whole lot of empathy to go around for Jeff when it comes to the financial blow this divorce will result in. I do have empathy for both of them as people. Divorce sucks. Whether you are an average Joe, or Jeff and MacKenzie, it blows. And let’s be honest, it’s probably a whole lot worse when you’re the richest people in the world and every detail of your intimate and private life is being splashed all over the front page of the news (and blogged about by random people).
But if Mrs. Bezos gets half of “Jeff’s” fortune, it sure seems like a pretty fair split to me. As a couple, they took risk, the risk paid off, they built a business and got very rich. From a financial standpoint, not a bad outcome for either of them.