MacKenzie Bezos

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MacKenzie Bezos
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MacKenzie Sheri Tuttle

(1970-04-07) April 7, 1970 (age 49)
EducationPrinceton University (BA)[1]
Net worthUS$34.7 billion (October 2019)[2]
Jeff Bezos
(m. 1993; div. 2019)

MacKenzie S. Bezos (née Tuttle, April 7, 1970) is an American novelist and philanthropist. She is the ex-wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, to whom she was married from 1993 until their divorce in 2019.[3] In 2014, she founded the anti-bullying organization Bystander Revolution, where she serves as executive director.

In 1993, MacKenzie Tuttle married Jeff Bezos, who later became the founder and CEO of Amazon, making them the richest couple in the world. They announced their intent to divorce in January 2019.[4] In April 2019, she announced on Twitter that she had reached a $35 billion divorce settlement, making her the third richest woman in the world.[5] In May 2019, MacKenzie Bezos signed on the Giving Pledge initiative to donate at least half of her wealth to charitable causes.[6]

Early life[edit]

MacKenzie S. Tuttle was born on April 7, 1970, in San Francisco, California, to a financial planner father and a homemaker mother.[7] In 1988, she graduated from Hotchkiss School in Connecticut.[8]

Tuttle earned her bachelor's degree in English at Princeton University with highest honors in 1992.[1] She studied under writer Toni Morrison, who said Tuttle was "one of the best students I've ever had in my creative writing classes."[7]

Personal life[edit]

In 1992, MacKenzie worked for Jeff Bezos at D. E. Shaw, a New York City hedge fund.[9] They married in 1993,[10] and moved to Seattle in 1994. They have four children: three sons, and one daughter adopted from China.[11]

In 2014, MacKenzie founded Bystander Revolution, an anti-bullying organization, where she serves as executive director.[12]

On January 9, 2019, MacKenzie and Jeff Bezos announced via Twitter that they would divorce.[4] On April 4, 2019, the divorce was finalized, with Jeff Bezos keeping 75% of the couple's Amazon stock and MacKenzie getting $35.6 billion in Amazon stock.[13] She is now the Fourth-richest woman in the world, as well as one of the wealthiest people overall.[14]



  • The Testing of Luther Albright. Fourth Estate. 2005. ISBN 978-0-00-719287-8.[16]
  • Traps. Knopf. 2013. ISBN 978-0-307-95973-7.[17]


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  2. ^ "MacKenzie Bezos". Retrieved October 28, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Hartmans, Avery (April 4, 2019), "Jeff Bezos and MacKenzie Bezos have finalized their divorce", Business Insider, retrieved April 4, 2019
  4. ^ a b Snider, Mike (January 9, 2019). "Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and wife MacKenzie to divorce after 25 years of marriage". USA Today.
  5. ^ "Who are the world's richest women?". BBC. April 6, 2019. Retrieved April 6, 2019.
  6. ^ Gren, Christy (May 29, 2019). "MacKenzie Bezos Signs The Giving Pledge and Pledges to give Half Her Fortune". Industry Leaders Magazine. Retrieved July 13, 2019.
  7. ^ a b Johnson, Rebecca (February 20, 2013). "MacKenzie Bezos: Writer, Mother of Four, and High-profile Wife". Vogue. Retrieved August 23, 2013.
  8. ^ "Alumni Award: Previous Recipients". The Hotchkiss School. 2004. Archived from the original on March 10, 2015. Retrieved March 8, 2015.
  9. ^ Sumagaysay, Levi (November 5, 2013). "Quoted: She Said, He Said – MacKenzie Bezos Vs. Author Of Book On Amazon". SiliconBeat. The Mercury News.
  10. ^ Bayers, Chip (March 1999). "The Inner Bezos". Wired. Vol. 7 no. 3. Retrieved August 23, 2013.
  11. ^ "Jeff Bezos Fast Facts". CNN. 2019. Retrieved January 9, 2019.
  12. ^ "Bystander Revolution". Retrieved April 21, 2015.
  13. ^ "Jeff Bezos to keep 75 percent of couple's Amazon stock after finalizing divorce". CNBC. Retrieved March 4, 2019.
  14. ^ Schleifer, Theodore (April 4, 2019). "MacKenzie Bezos, with $35 billion, is now the world's third-wealthiest woman". Recode. Retrieved April 4, 2019.
  15. ^ "American Book Award Winners 2006" (PDF).
  16. ^ Bezos, MacKenzie; Sutherland, Brian (December 10, 2013). The Testing of Luther Albright (Unabridged ed.). Brilliance Audio. ISBN 9781480569157.
  17. ^ Bezos, MacKenzie (November 5, 2013). Traps. New York: Vintage. ISBN 9780307950291.

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