All's well that pays well in this shocking corporate drama.
In separate Twitter posts, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos and author (and now ex-wife) McKenzie Benzos are now praising each other in their respective statements regarding the formal dissolution of their marriage.
Jeff gushes that "MacKenzie's abilities have been on full display. She has been an extraordinary partner, ally, and mother. She is resourceful and brilliant and loving, and as our futures unroll, I know I'll always be learning from her."
pic.twitter.com/oFGWPkK3dB — Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) April 4, 2019
On the other hand, McKenzie was rather blunt in enumerating the things she'll forego in exchange of what she'll get: "Happy to be giving him all of my interests in the Washington Post and Blue Origin, and 75% of our Amazon stock plus voting control of my shares to support his continued contributions with the teams of these incredible companies."
pic.twitter.com/OJWn3OOLS6 — MacKenzie Bezos (@mackenziebezos) April 4, 2019
The trade-off, of course, is more than $35 billion worth of stocks in Amazon as part of the settlement.
Price to pay
However, this is a rather small price to pay for the controversy that totally rocked their marriage. In case you still don't know, Jeff's private emails and texts to another woman (read: racy) were leaked and published in the National Enquirer.
The woman was revealed to be former TV anchor Lauren Sanchez, whom he is said to be in a serious relationship with.
More conspiracies arose as to how the texts and emails were obtained. Sanchez's brother Michael was one of the suspects, but he vehemently denied it.
Also, Jeff's adviser Gavin De Becker said in a separate statement that Saudi Arabian officials, disappointed with the coverage of the tragedy surrounding Jamal Khashoggi, got "access to Bezos' phone" as retaliation.
Others think that the leakage was politically motivated, as National Enquirer and its parent company AMI are led by CEO David Pecker, who is a Trump supporter himself and is critical of Bezos and The Washington Post.