Mackenzie Bezos becomes world's 3rd richest woman after divorce

Mackenzie Bezos becomes world's 3rd richest woman after divorce

- Mackenzie Bezos is now the third-richest woman in the world

- She lands the spot after divorcing Jeff Bezos, who is the world's richest person

- Mackenzie is worth an estimated $38 billion, which is about R579 billion

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Mackenzie Bezos is the world's third-wealthiest woman after her divorce from Jeff Bezos - the founder of Amazon.

Bezos received a 4% stake in Amazon during their divorce settlement in July, which is worth an estimated $38 billion (R579 billion).

The Amazon founder surpassed Bill Gates as the world's richest man earlier this year. Even after giving his ex-wife R579 billion, he remains the richest person in the world. As of Thursday, Bezos is worth $117.8 billion.

Mackenzie comes in at third behind L'Oréal heiress, Francoise Bettencourt Meyers, who is worth R819 billion; and Alice Walton, who has an estimated nett worth of R769 billion.

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The announcement was made on the billionaire's social media page and it took the world by surprise.

However, the two managed to end their marriage on a good foot and they will continue to function as a "family and cherished friends".

Social media users applauded the couple's amicable split.

Anastasia Mackert, who goes by the Twitter handle @AnaMackert, commented: "You've acted with such strength and grace. Looking forward to seeing what you introduce into the probability stream in the next chapter of your life. Looking forward to you finally getting all of the credit you deserve for your work."
Another tweep, @BenJNas, added: "I wish my parents divorced this pleasantly."
Social media user, @rledesma84, wrote: "Ms. Mackenzie you’re a class act and tremendous person for the way you handled this matter. You’ve earned a supporter and a fan. Hope everything goes well in your future."
Nina Simone, @MsTeeDubya, said: "Your tweet made me tear up. You have handled this divorce with such grace. I can tell that love is still in your heart. Good job Mom! Your children are watching which is more important than revenge."

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