Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie, are divorcing.
The billionaire executive announced the news Wednesday in a tweet signed by both of them. Jeff Bezos, 54, and MacKenzie Bezos, 48, had been married 25 years.
“We want to make people aware of a development in our lives. As our family and close friends know, after a long period of loving exploration and trial separation, we have decided to divorce and continue our shared lives as friends,” the tweeted statement says.
“We feel incredibly lucky to have found each other and deeply grateful for every one of the years we have been married to each other,” the tweet says. “If we had known we would separate after 25 years, we would do it all again. … Though the labels might be different, we remain a family, and we remain cherished friends.”
The couple last year launched a charitable fund together, dubbed the Day One Fund. The statement Wednesday suggests they will continue to work together on that effort.
“We’ve had such a great life together as a married couple, and we also see wonderful futures ahead, as parents, friends, partners in ventures and projects, and as individuals pursuing ventures and adventures,” the tweet says.
MacKenzie Bezos, a novelist, is often cited in the Amazon origin story as having supported Jeff Bezos’ move off of Wall Street and into e-commerce.
Shares of Amazon dipped slightly immediately following the announcement and were trading roughly 1 percent lower mid-morning.