Jeff Bezos' divorce announcement in January started with a seemingly heartfelt and straightforward tweet from the couple and soon after spiraled into allegations of blackmail over nude photos and a private investigation into leaked texts.The split has transformed Bezos' public persona from a privacy-seeking tech geek to a supermarket tabloid regular, with gossip pages dishing on the couple's massive fortune of roughly $140 billion and on Bezos' steamy texts to his new girlfriend.The divorce is expected to result in one of the most notable settlements in history -- and likely the biggest.The couple married 25 years ago, the year before Bezos founded Amazon.Jeff Bezos is Amazon's founder, CEO, chairman and top shareholder.The couple has four children.
Two angles facing left, which often indicate, "return to the beginning."The Chronicle of Philanthropy published its "Philanthropy 50," ranking of the top donators to good causes in the US.Other tech moguls including Mark Zuckerberg, Paul Allen, and Sheryl Sandberg featured prominently.Figures from the world of tech featured prominently on the list, with Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos topping the list, clinching the top spot from Bill and Melinda Gates.Alberto E. Rodriguez / GettySalesforce CEO Marc Benioff caused a stir this year in his avid support for philanthropic efforts in San Francisco, notably backing Proposition C, a tax on big tech companies that will deploy the money it raises to addressing the city's homelessness problem.
In his extraordinary Medium post last week accusing American Media Inc of “extortion and blackmail,” Bezos hinted (but did not explicitly state) that there may be a connection between Saudi Arabia and the publication of his personal messages with Lauren Sanchez.Now Saudi Arabia’s minister of foreign affairs has denied it was involved, stating during an interview with CBS’ “Face the Nation” that the Saudi government had “nothing to do with it.”Last month, the National Enquirer published a series of texts between Bezos, who is separated from wife MacKenzie Bezos, and Sanchez.In his post last Thursday, Bezos claimed AMI, the owner of the National Enquirer, threatened to release messages that included intimate photos unless he cancelled an investigation into the source of the leaks and stopped claiming AMI was “politically motivated or influenced by political forces.” Bezos wrote that “the Saudi angle seems to hit a particularly sensitive nerve with” AMI CEO David Pecker, a close associate of President Donald Trump.(The Daily Beast reported earlier today that Lauren Sanchez’s brother Michael Sanchez was the original source of the messages.Michael Sanchez is a close friend of Trump adviser Roger Stone.)
American Media has said it will “thoroughly investigate” claims by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos after he released a statement claiming that the company's tabloid, the National Enquirer, had blackmailed him.In a statement on Friday, American Media responded to Bezos' claims and said it had acted lawfully.“American Media believes fervently that it acted lawfully in the reporting of the story of Mr. Bezos,” the company said in a statement.It said that it had negotiated in “good faith to resolve all matters with him”.“In light of the nature of the allegations published by Mr. Bezos, the Board has convened and determined that it should promptly and thoroughly investigate the claims.Upon completion of that investigation, the Board will take whatever appropriate action is necessary,” it added.
Jeff Bezos and his private investigators are floating the theory that a "government entity" may have accessed the Amazon CEO's personal texts, Washington Post reporter Manuel Roig-Franzia said Thursday night on MSNBC.The National Enquirer previously published an exposé on Bezos' affair with former TV host Lauren Sanchez, which included leaked photos and texts, in the wake of the Amazon CEO's divorce announcement.In an appearance Thursday night on MSNBC, the Washington Post's Manuel Roig-Franzia said Bezos' head of security, Gavin de Becker, has floated the theory that a "government entity" may be to blame.The leaked texts ended up in the hands of the National Enquirer, who published an exposé on Bezos' affair with Sanchez in the wake of the billionaire announcing he and his wife of 25 years, MacKenzie Bezos, were divorcing."[Gavin de Becker] has provided us with some very interesting insights into the backstages of this whole drama, including the investigation that has taken place," Roig-Franzia said on MSNBC.One theory is that National Enquirer publisher American Media (AMI) — or perhaps a person or outside government — may have leaked the texts in an effort to demonstrate support for Trump or embarrass the owner of a newspaper that has written critical coverage of the president in the past.
That brief flash encapsulated Bezos' public profile for much of his career.Amazon's founder and CEO carefully cultivated a persona as a captain of industry, futurist and smartest guy in the room.Yes, many criticized his ruthless business practices and lack of charitable giving, but most perceived him as a winner and a genius.This image was helped by him maintaining a quiet personal life that from afar seemed free of controversy: longtime marriage, four kids, close relationship with his parents.After he and his wife MacKenzie announced their divorce over Twitter last month, Bezos' extramarital affair quickly hit the gossip pages.Then, late Thursday, Bezos published a lengthy Medium post revealing an alleged blackmail plot by the National Enquirer, a publication with close ties to President Donald Trump.
The bedroom antics of Jeff Bezos, Amazon CEO and owner of the Washington Post, have been thrown back into the limelight after he accused the owner of a US gossip magazine of trying to “blackmail” him over 10 private sexual images — including a dick pic.The 55-year-old, who is going through a divorce from wife MacKenzie Bezos, alleged that intermediaries of National Enquirer chief David Pecker threatened to publish the embarrassing photos as part of a bid to intervene in a Washington Post investigation of the Enquirer’s parent company American Media Inc.Pecker has yet to respond to the claims, but as much as we try to avert our eyes from Bezos’s new lease of life, it seems the universe has other ideas.Unfortunately for Bezos, the first set of text messages obtained by the National Enquirer last month – which the father-of-four sent to his married mistress Lauren Sanchez – are embarrassing enough without the accompanying images.They also remind us all of a fundamental truth: reading anyone else’s sexts is always unsexy.Credit where credit is due, Bezos has stuck to the golden rules: compliments, details, enthusiasm.
Amazon chief Jeff Bezos has accused the National Enquirer and its owner American Media of “blackmailing” him with the threat of releasing intimate photos and text messages.In a statement published on Medium, Bezos claimed that the tabloid had threatened to publish photos and messages between him and the woman he has been dating, Lauren Sanchez, unless he called off an investigation into how it obtained the messages.The National Enquirer published a series of stories last month revealing Bezos' relationship with Sanchez after he announced he was divorcing wife, MacKenzie Bezos, after 25 years.Some of the stories included text messages between the couple and claimed that Bezos only made the divorce public knowledge after learning it was preparing to publish a story.Bezos has hired investigators to find out how the outlet obtained the messages and intimate photos.In his statement, Bezos included what he said were emails from American Media's chief content officer and deputy general counsel.
The National Enquirer's exposé on Jeff Bezos' romance with former TV star Lauren Sanchez has set off an extraordinary chain of events.Jeff Bezos dropped a bombshell on Thursday night, accusing the National Enquirer of trying to extort him using intimate photos of himself and former TV host Lauren Sanchez.On the same day, the National Enquirer said it had conducted a four-month investigation into an affair between Bezos and former TV host Lauren Sanchez.Later, the paper published intimate texts sent from Bezos to Sanchez.According to his blog post, Bezos then mounted an investigation into how the texts leaked, telling his head of security Gavin de Becker to "proceed with whatever budget he needed to pursue the facts in this matter."On Thursday, Bezos published an extraordinary blog post on Medium, claiming the Enquirer tried to extort him into dropping his investigation by threatening to publish explicit photos of himself and Lauren Sanchez.
Jeff Bezos says that the National Enquirer argued that it would be in the public interest to publish intimate private photos of him, because they reflect on his judgment as the CEO of Amazon.Bezos had a snappy response: He personally built Amazon up to become one of the most valuable and important companies in the world."I will let those results speak for themselves."Despite Bezos' snappy comeback, it's worth noting that his divorce from wife MacKenzie Bezos does carry some risks for Amazon shareholders — risks that could become exacerbated by this whole dramatic episode.It's the position of the National Enquirer, it seems, that it would be in the public interest to publish intimate photos of Jeff Bezos — including at least one racy selfie — because they would reflect on his business judgment as CEO of Amazon.That's according to Bezos himself, in a defiant blog post claiming that the National Enquirer, and its publisher, David Becker, were engaging in "extortion and blackmail" over those photos.
Jeff Bezos says that "top people" at the National Enquirer are trying to blackmail him by publishing photos that show the Amazon chief executive naked.In a blog post published Thursday, Bezos said he was recently threatened with publication of intimate photos of him with Lauren Sanchez, a journalist Bezos has been linked with romantically.Bezos' post includes email exchanges that he says proves an extortion plot against him."I was made an offer I couldn't refuse," Bezos writes."Rather than capitulate to extortion and blackmail, I've decided to publish exactly what they sent me, despite the personal cost and embarrassment they threaten."Bezos notes that David Pecker, CEO of National Enquirer American Media, recently struck an immunity deal with the Justice Department to reveal President Donald Trump's role in hush agreements with women ahead of the 2016 US election.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has published an astonishing personal blog post on the platform Medium detailing what he claims is extortion and blackmail on behalf of the tabloid National Enquirer.In the post, Bezos says he was allegedly threatened with the publication of nude photos of him and suggestive photos of Lauren Sanchez, the news anchor and reporter with whom Bezos was having an affair, unless he publicly made a statement downplaying the motivations behind National Enquirer parent company American Media Inc.’s investigation into his personal life, by saying the company was never “politically motivated or influenced by political forces.” National Enquirer first detailed Bezos’ affair, which led to the dissolution of his marriage to MacKenzie Bezos, last month.AMI is at the center of an ongoing legal controversy involving President Donald Trump over the practice of “catch and kill,” or seeking out incriminating information about someone and purposefully shutting the story down, through non-disclosure agreements and other legal techniques, to avoid it ever getting out.(Through court documents, AMI was found to have used the “catch and kill” tactic to kill a story about Trump’s alleged affair with a woman prior to his presidential campaign by paying $150,000 for exclusivity on it.)AMI allegedly approached Bezos after learning he had been conducting a private investigation into how it obtained his text messages, and tried to persuade him into shutting the investigation down because of the likelihood it may lead to more damning revelations about AMI’s “catch and kill” tactics and its political ties to Trump and other world leaders, Bezos claims in the Medium post.The photos in question include a “full-length body selfie of Mr. Bezos wearing just a pair of tight black boxer-briefs or trunks,” and a “naked selfie in a bathroom,” among others including an explicit dick pic.
Jeff Bezos is personally funding an investigation into how text messages that detailed his affair with Los Angeles news anchor Lauren Sanchez were leaked to The National Enquirer, according to report by The Daily Beast.Initial findings haven't pointed to evidence that either Bezos' or Sanchez' phones were hacked.The investigation — which is independent of Amazon— is now looking into a theory that the leaking of the messages was politically motivated.Jeff Bezos is personally funding an investigation into how text messages that revealed his affair with Los Angeles news anchor Lauren Sanchez were leaked to The National Enquirer, according to report by The Daily Beast on Wednesday.Initial findings haven't pointed to evidence that either Bezos and Sanchez' phones were hacked, according to people familiar with the probe who spoke to The Daily Beasts, and so now the investigation — which is being conducted independently of Amazon— is looking into a theory that the leaking of the messages was politically motivated.As The Daily Beast points out, President Trump has long criticized The Washington Post (which is owned by Bezos) of unfairly advocating for the entrepreneur's other business venture, Amazon.
On Thursday, TMZ reported that the couple did not have a prenup, citing "sources with direct knowledge" of the situation.A prenuptial agreement covers financial issues and the future of assets in the event of a divorce.Jeff Bezos is the richest person in the world, with an estimated net worth of $137 billion, but he didn't found Amazon and earn most of his money until after marrying.Jeff Bezos, the founder and CEO of Amazon and the wealthiest person in the world, announced Wednesday that he and his wife, MacKenzie Bezos, would divorce.They have been married for 25 years and have four children together.Bloomberg estimates that Jeff Bezos is worth $137 billion, and Amazon has reached a $792 billion market cap.
But divorces don't always go smoothly, and things could end up worse than they expect.For the last 25 years, Jeff Bezos has been the steady hand on the tiller for Amazon, guiding the company through both rough patches and calm seas to ever-richer ports of call.Investors will likely be watching closely to see how the dissolution of his marriage affects Bezos' running of the company and his stock holdings in it, said Mark Harrison, an advisor with consultancy Marcum, who has served as an expert witness in numerous financial disputes.Amazon's shares closed Thursday down well less than 1%, and the company retained its title as the world's most valuable corporation.In a statement on Twitter announcing their plans to divorce, Bezos and his wife portrayed it as a friendly parting.As the company's founder and sole CEO since its launch, Bezos is widely seen as the driving force behind the tech giant, which dominates the e-commerce market, has become the leading player in the cloud-computing industry, and has become the number-3 player in digital advertising behind Google and Facebook.
Welcome back to another installment of The Monitor, WIRED's roundup of the latest in the world of culture.In today’s installment: Jeff Bezos' divorce will likely impact Amazon; the forthcoming Dune film is spicing up its cast; and Lady Gaga's streaming catalog is losing one of her most controversial hits.Amazon honcho Jeff Bezos stands to lose millions of shares of company stock during his pending divorce, according to a Business Insider report.The company founder—who recently announced he was parting ways with his wife MacKenzie Bezos after 25 years—owns about 16 percent of Amazon's shares.Under Washington state law, BI notes, MacKenzie could be eligible to collect half of those shares, which make up a sizable chunk of the couples' estimated net worth of $137 billion.Not long after Jeff Bezos tweeted the news of the couple’s breakup, The National Enquirer published the results of a four-month-long investigation into the Amazon exec's alleged relationship with news anchor and pilot Lauren Sanchez, which the tabloid claimed involved "raunchy messages and erotic selfies."
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie Bezos, have said they will divorce.Their separation of assets could affect the Amazon CEO's ranking among the richest people in the world.If MacKenzie Bezos acquired half of Jeff Bezos' $137 billion fortune — a possible outcome of a divorce settlement — the two would be tied at No.4 on the list with $68.5 billion each.MacKenzie Bezos would easily become the richest woman in the world.Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos could find himself dropping a few spots on the list of world's richest people soon.
Amazon could soon have a large new individual shareholder in the form of MacKenzie Bezos as a result of her impending divorce from the company's CEO.Although the Bezoses are worth $137 billion on paper, nearly all of their assets are in the form of Amazon stock.Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie, announced Wednesday they plan to divorce after more than 25 years of marriage.Indeed, there's a good chance that she could end up having the biggest stake in the company other than Bezos'."I can't see anywhere else the settlement could come from."The shares give him a 16% stake in the company, making him its largest shareholder by far.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is reportedly dating entrepreneur and former TV anchor Lauren Sanchez.Earlier on Wednesday, Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos announced that they were divorcing after 25 years together.The National Enquirer says that it's on the verge of publishing an exposé on the alleged affair between Bezos and Sanchez, with claims that its reporters tailed the pair for months.Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos reportedly has a new romance in his life: Former TV anchor Lauren Sanchez.On Wednesday, the billionaire exec and his wife MacKenzie Bezos announced that they were divorcing, saying in a joint statement: "We want to make people aware of a development in our lives.The New York Post and the National Enquirer now both report that that Jeff Bezos, 54, is romantically involved with 49-year-old Sanchez, a former "Good Day LA" news anchor with Fox who also works as a helicopter pilot and entrepreneur.
On Wednesday, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced his plans to file for divorce from MacKenzie Bezos.Divorce experts say many couples prefer to wait until after the holidays have passed to announce their decision.Bezos is the founder and CEO of Amazon, and his estimated net worth is $137 billion.Shaw in New York; they've been married 25 years and have four children together.Interestingly, January has been unofficially labeled "Divorce Month."Researchers at the University of Washington, Julie Brines and Brian Serafini, analyzed divorce filings between 2001 and 2015 in Washington State (where the Bezoses live) and found that they consistently peaked in March and August, i.e.