Shares of Amazon (AMZN) are in the spotlight on Thursday after MacKenzie Bezos announced that she has given now ex-husband Jeff Bezos all of her "interests in the Washington Post and Blue Origin, and 75% of our Amazon stock plus voting control" of her shares.
MACKENZIE BEZOS TO KEEP 25% OF AMAZON STOCK: In a statement made via Twitter, MacKenzie said that she is "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 next phase as co-parents and friends. Happy to be giving him all of my interests 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." According to CNBC's Lauren Feiner, citing a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, MacKenzie will retain shares representing about 4% of Amazon's outstanding common stock, making her the third-biggest shareholder at the company, behind Jeff and Vanguard. In a separate announcement, also via Twitter, Jeff Bezos said that, "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." The couple married in 1993 and have four children.
PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading, shares of Amazon have slipped about 0.50% to $1,813.33.