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World’s largest divorce settlement comes with no drama

Let’s face it: most stories about celebrity divorce are a lesson in what not to do. There’s something about being wealthy and in the public eye that tends to bring out the worst in former Hollywood couples, athletes and other celebrities. The divorces often end up derailing or dragging out due to petty feuds over financially insignificant property.

In light of this, one recent celebrity divorce seems especially noteworthy for its amicability, efficiency and lack of drama. Ironically, the divorcing duo are among the wealthiest people in the entire world: Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos.

As the founder of Amazon, Jeff Bezos has officially earned the title of world’s richest man. He will keep that title post-divorce, and MacKenzie’s share of the settlement will make her the world’s third-richest woman. The terms of the divorce were just recently announced.

According to news sources, Jeff will be giving his ex-wife about 4 percent of Amazon’s stock in the divorce (about 25 percent of his personal share), which is currently worth more than $35 billion. In return, MacKenzie will surrender her financial interests in two other Bezos companies: aerospace manufacturer Blue Origin and news outlet the Washington Post.  

The couple has been married for 25 years, raised children together and now seem to be parting on good terms. Even if outrageous wealth and celebrity had not been factors in the divorce, their decorum would still be noteworthy and commendable.

No matter what size your financial portfolio may be, divorce is a stressful time that doesn’t always bring out the best in people. The good news is that with the help of an experienced attorney and some careful planning, you may be able to end your marriage efficiently and peacefully.

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