Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has announced his divorce from wife MacKenzie.

The billionaire executive, who has a net worth of $160billion, posted news of their break up in a tweet signed by both of them.

Mr Bezos said after “a long period of loving exploration and trial separation” they had decided to call time on their romantic relationship.

But the technology tycoon said they will remain “cherished friends”.

The couple last year launched a charitable fund together, dubbed the Day One Fund. Their statement suggests they will continue to work together on joint projects.

In a statement, the couple said: “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. If we had known we would separate after 25 years, we would do it all again.”

The couple described their decision to divorce as ‘a development in our lives’ (Image: Getty Images North America)

The statement continued: “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.”

Mr Bezos is the richest man in modern history.

His wealth increased by over $60billion between 2017 and 2018 which makes his financial worth greater than Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, even at his peak in 1999.

It has been a extraordinary rise for Mr Bezos who was born in New Mexico in 1964.

He is the son of a teenage bride and his father deserted the family at a young age.But he was a gifted child who won a place at Princetown University, where he graduated in electrical engineering and computer science.

Mr Bezos met his novelist wife MacKenzie while they were both working at a New York hedge fund.

The couple said they would do their marriage ‘all over again’ (Image: Getty Images North America)

She made the first move and asked him out to lunch. They were engaged within three months and married within six.

The couple have four children together.
Mrs Bezos founded the anti-bullying organisation Bystander Revolution in 2014.