Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos announce they are getting a divorce

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and and his wife Mac Kenzie attend the Axel Springer Award 2018 in Berlin Germany 24 April 2018. Amazon CEO Bezos who also owns US newspaper 'Washington Post', is awarded with the Axel Springer Award. Axel Springer S

Jeff Bezos and wife MacKenzie Bezos have been together for 25 years.

Jeff Bezos, Amazon overlord and world's richest man, has announced he and his wife are getting divorced after 25 years together.

It also acknowledges that the decision to divorce comes "after a long period of loving exploration and trial separation". They left NY on a road trip to Amazon's eventual headquarters in Seattle, with her driving and him writing up the business plan for what would become the world's largest online retailer.

She also started Bystander Revolution, an anti-bullying organization in 2014.

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Bezos is worth around US$137 billion (AU$190 billion), according to Fortune, and Washington state's communal property laws mean any assets accumulated during marriage is considered to be owned by both members of the couple.

The couple, who share four children, met in 1993 while working at an investment management firm in New York City, according to People.

In addition to Bezos' stake in Amazon, the couple have also acquired at least five homes in California, Washington state, Texas, Washington D.C. and NY throughout their 25-year marriage.

Worth: Bezos is now the world's richest person with an estimated net worth of $137 billion, according to recent numbers from Bloomberg.

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MacKenzie, meanwhile, has authored several novels during her career.

And while the intimate agreements and details about Jeff Bezos' marriage still remain uncertain, we have a pretty good guess as to what Bezos will be up against if he does not have a prenuptial agreement.

It is believed Bezos made the divorce announcement on Wednesday believing that photos of himself and Sanchez could soon be made public. MacKenzie was one of the company's first employees. If not, it's not out of the realm of possibility that the two would split their massive fortune.

Last year, the couple announced their first joint philanthropic effort-which pledged $2 billion to build preschools and help homeless families. He owns about 16 per cent of the retailer as well as the Washington Post and Blue Origin.

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