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Ex-wife of Amazon founder becomes the richest woman in USA


Wealth of the ex-wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos grew by almost $ 6 billion in a week. This helped her to take first place in the list of richest women in the United States, overtaking a heiress of the Walmart empire. Now, it’s just less than $ 2 billion between her and the status of the richest woman in the world.

Amazon shares rose by 10% in the period from July 2 to July 9, as a result of which wealth of the company's CEO and the world's richest man, Jeff Bezos, grew by $ 16.2 billion to $ 188.2 billion. At the same time, his ex-wife MacKenzie Bezos became the richest woman in the USA with a fortune of $ 62.3 billion (+ $ 5.7 billion). 

After the most expensive divorce in history, which ended in July 2019, MacKenzie Bezos received 25% of shares of her ex-husband company, which at that time cost $ 36 billion. Since then, her fortune has almost doubled amidst the rapid growth of Amazon shares. 

The only woman in the world who still boasts a greater fortune than MacKenzie Bezos is the granddaughter of L'Oreal founder Françoise Bettencourt Meyers, whose fortune is estimated at $ 64 billion.

source: forbes.com