Magazine threatened to expose Amazon’s Jeff Bezos over ‘secret fling with Hollywood mogul’s wife’ sparking £110bn divorce
AMAZON billionaire Jeff Bezos was forced to announce his shock £110bn divorce ‘after a magazine threatened to expose his secret fling with the estranged wife of a Hollywood mogul’.
Bezos, 54, has been seeing Lauren Sanchez, former TV anchor and the glamorous wife of talent agent Patrick Whitesell, Page Six says.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos (right) has ‘secretly been seeing Lauren Sanchez (centre) the estranged wife of Hollywood agent Patrick Whitesell (left)Getty – Contributor
The world’s richest man — and wife MacKenzie, 48, revealed their 25-year marriage was over in a joint statement.
Pictures of Bezos and Sanchez together are set to feature in today’s National Enquirer with the tag line: “WHAT REALLY tore them apart?”
It claims he cheated on his wife after “whisking his mistress off to exotic destinations on his $65 million private jet” and “sending her raunchy messages and erotic selfies.”
He may have to give MacKenzie HALF of his $160billion fortune the biggest divorce in history.
Jeff Bezos, with his wife MacKenzie in March last year, could be set to lose half his record-breaking fortuneReuters
Lauren Sanchez is a glam TV personality and ex Fox news anchorGetty – Contributor
Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos have been married for 25 years after a whirlwind romance at the New York hedge fund where they met in 1993AP:Associated Press
National Enquirer claims it has raunchy pics of Sanchez and Bezos ‘cheating’ on his wifeGetty – Contributor
National Enquirer – out today – claims to have followed Bezos for four months across five states to catch him ‘cheating’ multiple times
The magazine tracked the couple “across five states and 40,000 miles, tailed them in private jets, swanky limos, helicopter rides, romantic hikes, five-star hotel hideaways, intimate dinner dates and ‘quality time’ in hidden love nests.”
It hits stands with its full story on Thursday.
Sources said that Bezos, 54, and Sanchez, 49, – who also works as a helicopter pilot – got to know each other through her husband Whitesell, one of Hollywood’s most powerful men.
He is agent to stars including Matt Damon, Christian Bale, Kevin Costner, Hugh Jackman, plus a host of other A-listers.
Patrick, Lauren and Jeff were even pictured together at a 2016 event for the movie Manchester By The Sea.
But sources say Lauren became closer to Bezos AFTER she separated with Whitesell before Christmas.
An exclusive source told Page Six “Patrick and Lauren have socialized with Jeff Bezos and his wife for a few years, because both (now former) couples have houses in Seattle.
“Patrick and Lauren Sanchez have been separated for a while. Their marriage has been off and on for a while, and they tried hard to fix things, but in the fall they officially separated. She had told Patrick that she has been recently seeing Jeff Bezos,” a source said.
Sources say Lauren became closer to Bezos after she separated with Whitesell before ChristmasGetty Images – Getty
Bezos with his wife and four children, who lived modestly during the formative years of AmazonGetty
Getty – Contributor Lauren, a former co-host on Fox 11’s Good Day LA has been a guest host on ABC’s The View and Extra[/caption]
The couple, at a film premiere in 2003, announced their divorce via TwitterRex Features
Sanchez and Whitesell wed in 2005 and have two young children.
The Enquirer claims it caught him cheating “no fewer than six times in 14 days.”
The mag is owned by Trump ally CEO David Pecker, who openly despises the Bezos owned Washington Post.
Lauren, a former co-host on Fox 11’s “Good Day LA,” has been a guest host on ABC’s “The View” and “Extra.”
She was also the original host of Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance.” She also runs a company called Black Ops Aviation, which specializes in shooting aerial shots for TV shows, movies and commercials.
Jeff and Mackenzie wed the year before he founded Amazon, are not thought to have signed a pre-nuptial agreement, according to reports.
Divorce laws in their home state Washington say wealth made during a marriage must be split 50-50.
Half of Bezos’s fortune would make award-winning author MacKenzie the world’s richest woman.
And their break-up could dwarf the £2.9billion French tycoon Alec Wildenstein paid to ex-wife Jocelyn in 1999.
Bezos and MacKenzie, who have four kids, said they broke up after a “trial separation”.
Lauren was also the original host of So You Think You Can Dance, and runs a company called Black Ops AviationGetty – Contributor
The Bezos family have a string of homes including this sprawling estate in Beverly HillsCelebrity Home Photos
But their Twitter statement added: “We remain cherished friends.”
The couple met in New York in 1992 when Bezos, then a hedge fund executive, interviewed her for a job.
He set up Amazon as an online bookstore in his garage in 1994 employing his wife as an accountant for the start-up.
His wife is said to have supported him as he turned it into the world’s biggest stock market-listed firm.
They have homes in LA, New York and three other US cities worth a total £93million.
Bezos also owns the Washington Post newspaper.
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Forbes magazine’s “real-time rich list” currently puts his personal fortune at $136.4bn (£107bn), after he became the first man ever to have a wealth of more than $150bn.
Reuters estimates his wealth at more than $160bn thanks to his 16 per cent holding in the online giant.
A version of this story originally appeared on Page Six.
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