The coast's clear: Lauren Sanchez finalizes her divorce a day after Jeff Bezos and his wife MacKenzie settle theirs, leaving them free to resume their romance three months after their affair went public
- Sanchez and her husband asked for exactly the same thing - no spousal support and joint custody of their children
- They have been working with a celebrity divorce attorney privately for months
- Their divorce will now take six months to go through the courts
- They did not have a prenuptial agreement, their filings state, but it does not give any information about how they will split their money
- Jeff Bezos gave his wife MacKenzie 25 percent of their $144billion Amazon stake
- She walks away from their divorce with almost $36billion - the largest amount in history
- Now, Jeff and Lauren are free to resume the romance they have put on hold for the last four months
Lauren Sanchez and her husband Patrick Whitesell have filed for divorce after months of mediation and a day after Jeff Bezos and his wife MacKenzie settled theirs, leaving her free to carry on her romance with the Amazon CEO.
Sanchez and Whitesell filed mirroring petitions in Los Angeles on Friday which stipulate the same terms; neither is seeking spousal support and they want joint custody of their kids.
They do not have a prenuptial agreement, according to TMZ which saw copies of their petitions, and it remains unclear how they will split their assets.
The pair were married for 14 years and have two children together. She also has an 18-year-old son from a previous relationship.
Lauren Sanchez and her husband Patrick Whitesell (left) filed their divorce on Friday, a day after her boyfriend Jeff Bezos (right with them in 2016) settled his with his wife MacKenzie
Whitesell is on the verge of taking his talent company, Endeavour, public in an IPO. Its last valuation, from a 2018 round of funding, was $4billion.
The pair have been working privately with celebrity divorce specialist Laura Wasser for months and have likely ironed out a settlement privately.
It comes a day after the Bezos announced they had settled their divorce - the most expensive in history.
MacKenzie will walk away with 25 percent of their joint $144billion stake in Amazon, half of what she was legally entitled to.
She has also given voting control of her remaining shares to her ex-husband.
Her shares alone are still worth between $35billion and $36billion, making her the recipient of the world's largest divorce settlement.
Bezos keeps a 12 percent stake in the company - twice that of the next largest shareholder, The Vanguard Group.
Now, he and Lauren are free to resume the romance they have been putting on hold for the last four months.
Their affair made headlines around the world in January after being exposed by The National Enquirer.
Since then, he and the company which owns it have engaged in a very public battle over the means they used to get and publish the story.
Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos settled their divorce on Thursday. She walks away with 25 percent of their joint Amazon stake, half of what she is entitled to, worth $35billion
This was the statement Jeff issued on his account shortly after the pair reached their agreement
Neither he nor Lauren have confirmed that they were in a relationship before their marriages ended.
Both say their marriages were over before the affair came to light but have never specified exactly when it started.
Text messages showed they were speaking romantically as far back as April last year.
THE BEZOS DIVORCE
WHAT SHE GETS
$35, 832, 724,000 in Amazon shares
WHAT HE KEEPS
$107, 472, 168,000 in Amazon shares
The Washington Post - (Bought for $250million in 2013)
WHAT IS LEFT
Homes in Seattle, Beverly Hills, Texas, Washington DC, and New York City
After their affair became public, the pair vowed not to see one another but remained in touch and stayed 'very much in love' according to friends.
Neither Patrick nor MacKenzie had spoken until yesterday when MacKenzie made a Twitter account to post the terms of her divorce.
'Grateful to have finished the process of dissolving my marriage with Jeff with support from each other and everyone who reached out to us in kindness, and looking forward to the next phase as co-parents and friends.
'Happy to be giving him all of my interest 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.
'Excited about my own plans. Grateful for the past as I look forward to what comes next,' MacKenzie said.
In his statement, Jeff wrote: 'I'm so grateful to all my friends and family for reaching out with encouragement and love.
'It means more than you know. MacKenzie most of all.
I'm grateful for her support and for her kindness in this process and am very much looking forward to our new relationship as friends and co-parents.
'In all our work together, 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.'
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