Recent news reports state that Jeff Bezos, owner of Amazon and the richest man in the world, is getting divorced.
The question on everyone’s mind shouldn't be what his wife is getting as a part of the divorce, but rather, what Jeff Bezos will be left with after the divorced is finalized.
Like Texas, Jeff Bezos and his wife live in a community property state, which means that she is likely entitled to and may walk away with 50% of his vast fortune. However, it is unknown if they have a premarital agreement, which may have offered Jeff Bezos protection as a part of this divorce.
If you are getting married in the future and you plan to start a business, it may be worth it to look into having a premarital or post-nuptial agreement drawn up to protect your business and assets in the event of a divorce. It will be interesting to see what happens with Jeff Bezos and his wife. We will continue to update our blog as we find out more.
Update: Likely No Prenup
Multiple outlets are reporting that the couple did not have a prenuptial agreement. Since the couple lives in a community property state, Jeff's wife may be entitled to half of his estimated $144 billion net worth.
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*Update: Bezos' Divorce Final.