Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon, and his ex-wife, writer MacKenzie Bezos, completely changed their style in the course of their 25-year marriage, ranging from nerd to chic when they stood up and one of the most powerful couples in Silicon Valley were.
Jeff, 54 and MacKenzie, 48, announced Wednesday in a joint statement that they will divorce after more than two decades. In the last years of their marriage, Jeff became a buff & # 39; style icon & # 39; and MacKenzie shone on the red carpet in simple but elegant gowns.
The two are known for their slender ensembles, tinted figures and incredible wealth, but they were far from style icons when they fell in love in the early 90s. The more money they paid, the better and better they started to look.
Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, and his ex-wife, MacKenzie Bezos, went from nerd to chic in the course of their 25-year marriage. They are shown in 2003 (L) and 2018 (R)
Portraits of the CEO of Amazon who were taken in 1997 – the year in which his company became public – show him how he wears a blue shirt with a button-down and a full khaki pants
Jeff went from wearing badly fitting suits in 2000 to showing off his buff arms in 2017
The former couple met at work in 1992, when Jeff was the first to interview MacKenzie at the investment management firm DE Shaw.
At that time, Jeff was vice president of the company and MacKenzie came on board as a research assistant, reported Business Insider.
The two Princeton graduates were betrothed three months later and married in 1993. Their whirlwind romanticism all took place before he founded Amazon, starting in 1994 from a garage in Seattle.
Amazon was originally introduced as an online bookstore and Jeff dressed more as a librarian than the founder of a company that would be nearly a trillion dollars.
Portraits of the CEO of Amazon who were taken in 1997 – the year in which his company went public – show him how he wears a blue button-down shirt, pleated khaki pants and a black leather wristwatch while he's next to stacks of books poses.
MacKenzie studied fiction under the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Toni Morrison when she studied at Princeton University at the beginning of the nineties. The beloved author, who was the promoter of MacKenzie, was the one who brought her into contact with the famous literary agent Amanda & # 39; Binky & # 39; Urban.
Jeff had to shave his head and MacKenzie played no-nonsense cropped haircut when attending the annual Allen & Company conference at Sun Valley, Idaho in 2003
Jeff and MacKenzie looked like they were dressed for a casual night out when they were on the red carpet in 2004
The pair wore casual long sleeves and brown leather belts at an Amazon's Sundance party in Park City, Utah in 2005
Toni told Vogue that MacKenzie & # 39; was one of the best students I ever had in creative writing. . . really one of the best. & # 39;
As her husband Amazon grew, MacKenzie wrote her first book, The Testing of Luther Albright: A Novel, which took her ten years.
Before the novel was published in 2005, she made a pair of red carpet with her husband, with a no-nonsense cropped hairstyle and casual wear.
When the profiles of Jeff and MacKenzie started to rise, their style also increased.
Jeff shaved off his thinning brown hair, while MacKenzie let her raven-haired locks grow down her shoulders. The older and richer they became, the younger they looked.
In addition to the physical changes in their appearance, their clothing also received an upgrade. Even when they were dressed nonchalantly, they mixed trendy pieces in their wardrobe.
The two were much more glamorous at their 26th Annual Awards Dinner at The Aspen Institute in New York City in 2009
Jeff and MacKenzie donned matching zip-ups and jeans during the Allen & Company conference in 2010. He wore a baseball cap and airmen, while showing her long locks
MacKenzie wowed on the red carpet while attending the Met Gala with Jeff in May 2012
In 2013 they were masters in casual style, with Jeff showing his arms in a short-sleeved polo shirt and MacKenzie with trendy wedge sneakers at the annual Allen & Company conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, in July.
Months before the conference, MacKenzie was profiled in Vogue for the release of her second book, Traps.
During the interview she admitted that Jeff was the one who would pick out clothes for her because she was more of a type of jeans-and-T-shirt.
I'm watching what she likes to wear, and you'll be amazed at how often things work, & # 39; Jeff said about buying his women's clothes.
Sometimes I call her and I say: & # 39; What is your size? & # 39; and she says, "Why?" and I say: "None of your business!" It delights her. "& # 39;
He added: I can highly recommend it to every man. & # 39;
In 2013 they were masters in casual style. Jeff showed his arms in a short-sleeved polo during the Allen & Company conference, while MacKenzie rocked trendy wedge sneakers.
Jeff wore custom suits while MacKenzie opted for more stylish duds in 2014
Jeff and MacKenzie looked very glamorous when they together hit the red carpet together in 2015
Jeff set fire to the Internet when his bulging muscles shone out of his polo shirt at the Allen & Company conference in 2017.
With his shaved head and tinted sunglasses – plus the buff-biceps – many on Twitter could not compare the Amazon CEO with the action star Vin Diesel.
Gone were Jeff's baggy shirts and receding hairline, and there, among the richest and most influential people in the world, he seemed to be reborn.
Of course, Jeff did not transform from one day to the next. In fact, the billionaire had already started working hard at the gym in 2013.
That is when Brad Stone, who wrote about Jeff and Amazon, remarked that the CEO undoubtedly underwent a kind of physical training.
He looked a bit patties and rumpled after the 90s, and now he is clearly working every day, & # 39; Brad said at that moment.
Jeff looked neat in a classic tuxedo and MacKenzie wore a maroon halter dress while attending the Golden Globe Awards in 2016
Jeff and MacKenzie share three sons and a daughter they adopted from China. Their oldest child, Preston, was in March 18. The family is shown in 2016
The two were all smiling as they posed for photos at the Golden Globes party at Amazon Studios in January 2017. MacKenzie looked incredible in a white dress with cut-outs
The journalist predicted that Jeff, owner of the space exploration company Blue Origin, was an astronaut.
But Jeff, like fellow billionaire Peter Thiel, also seems interested in the aging process in general.
Both men have invested in Unity Biotechnology, a company that is currently developing drugs to stop, slow down or reverse age-related diseases.
As far as his fitness routine is concerned, little is known about Jeff's habits, except that he still gets eight hours of sleep per night and once had octopus for breakfast during a business meeting.
In August the New York Times greeted Jeff a full style icon & # 39; in the years after his incredible transformation.
Joseph Rosenfeld, a personal style consultant specializing in the technical world in Silicon Valley and New York, told the Times that Jeff does something with style that sets him apart from someone else in technology.
In February 2017 the two matching black evening dresses wore during the Oscar party of Amazon Studios
After they had mastered their personal style, the two more daring risks began to take on the red carpet. They are depicted on the Sean Penn & Friends Haiti Rising benefit in January 2018
The two were absolutely enchanting during the Vanity Fair Oscar party in March 2018
& # 39; We have seen him freshen up, with a cupboard rooted in tradition, but also very modernistic and minimal. It creates a focus on him and has evolved in accordance with his company. & # 39;
Meanwhile, MacKenzie went from frumpy divorces to sleek, tight-fitting sheath dresses which she often accessorizes with a pair of classic pumps.
The writer looked like a bona fide Hollywood star when she and her husband attended the Vanity Fair Oscar party in March, dressed in a beautiful red dress with a mermaid train.
The two were most recently seen at the funeral of Senator John McCain in early September. Jeff wore a classic black suit with a blue tie, while MacKenzie wore a long sleeve with black shell and matching heels.
Jeff announced the news of their impending divorce by sharing their joint statement on Twitter on Wednesday morning, shortly after 9 o'clock in the morning Eastern Time.
"As our family and close friends know, after a long period of loving exploration and process separation we have decided to divorce and continue our shared lives as friends," read the statement that was signed by both Jeff and MacKenzie.
The pair was last photographed during the funeral of Senator John McCain in September
Jeff (far right) participated in the Golden Globe Awards of Amazon Prime Video after a party with Sam Esmail, the maker of the robot series (left), head of Amazon Studios Jennifer Salke (second from left) and the star of The Marvelous Mrs . Maisel, Rachel Brosnahan (second from the right)
Jeff went to Twitter on Wednesday to share a joint statement announcing their divorce
& # 39; If we had known that we would divorce after 25 years, we would do it again. We feel very fortunate that we have found each other and are very grateful for each of the years we are married to each other, & # 39; continued the statement.
"We have had such a wonderful life together as a married couple and we also see beautiful future prospects, like parents, friends, partners in companies and projects, and as individuals who pursue adventures and adventures.
& # 39; Although the labels may be different, we remain a family and we remain beloved friends. & # 39;
According to Forbes, Jeff is worth nearly $ 140 billion, but their statement did not mention how they planned to distribute their assets.
A large part of that amount in dollars comes from Jeff's 16 percent ownership interest in Amazon, which quickly became the second US-based company to reach $ 1 trillion in September (behind Apple), reported CNBC.
Amazon is now estimated at $ 777.8 billion, according to Forbes, and passed Microsoft this week to become the world's largest listed company by market capitalization.
The two live in Washington, a community owned state, meaning that all assets acquired during the marriage are split in the middle, unless there are marital conditions that dictate otherwise.
The distribution of Bezos's assets will be complicated because the two joint ventures will continue to pursue, according to the joint statement.