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Likely no pity party for Bezos’ lost billions in divorce

On Behalf of | Jun 17, 2020 | Divorce

Divorce is invariably stressful to some degree for all splitting couples in New Jersey and elsewhere. We note at The Law Office of Rajeh A. Saadeh, though, that “for high earners or married couples with complex estates, there is much more at stake” than is typically the case with more modest decouplings.

Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos can attest to that.

Let’s cut right to the chase here: There has NEVER been a divorce in history with asset-division dimensions like those that marked the Bezos’ divorce last year. Reportedly, Jeff Bezos forked over about $38 billion (yes, that’s with a “b) to MacKenzie to reach a fair divorce outcome.

For those interested in extrapolation as a clarifying mechanism, just consider 10,000 hundred-dollar bills stacked up in a pile. Now imagine 38,000 of those piles. That’s what MacKenzie got.

For empathetic sorts who might be inclined to feel a bit sorry for Jeff’s loss, it should be remembered that he commands this singular status: Even minus the nearly incalculable amount of money he paid out in his divorce settlement, he is still the world’s richest person. Recent estimates peg his net worth at nearly $153 billion.

Extrapolated, that equates to … just kidding. We know that readers get the point. Jeff Bezos is, well, Jeff Bezos.

As outsized and even outlandish as the Bezos divorce details might reasonably seem, they are instructive in a real-world way. Writ just a bit smaller (OK, a lot smaller), the marital property at issue in legions of American divorces is still a key concern for soon-to-be exes. Billions of bucks are likely not involved, but many comparatively high-asset divorces do feature myriad investment vehicles, substantial real property, a family business, company perks and other diverse holdings.

It is important that all that property be identified, accurately valued and equitably divided. A proven family law attorney with a strong record of advocacy in high-asset divorces can help ensure that outcome.