Jeff Bezos’ $140 billion divorce is being described by some as perhaps the most expensive divorce in history. Rumors circulate that the Amazon CEO’s extensive fortune will be split in half between him and his wife MacKenzie Bezos. But what exactly is causing the billionaires to split ways? Many think Jeff Bezos’ mistress Lauren Sanchez is to blame.
Who is Lauren Sanchez?
The majority of Lauren Sanchez’s portfolio involves television hosting. But over the years she has also played roles in movies and television shows. One of her popular roles happens to be the highly viewed TV show – Extra – which she has been co-hosting since 2009. Additionally, Sanchez frequently appears as a guest host on The View.
Lauren Sanchez’ Accomplishments
1. FOX news
Sanchez’s first big break occurred when she got a spot in the entertainment section at Fox News Los Angeles in 1987. Soon she moved onto bigger things, hosting Fox Sports News in 1996. Eventually, she began serving as a correspondent for FSN’s Best Damn Sports Show Period in 2001. And her accomplished reporting skills ended up earning her an Emmy Nomination. Also from 2011 to 2017, Sanchez held a job hosting and reporting on the FOX 11 show Good Day LA.
2. So You Think You Can Dance
Early on in her career Sanchez not only performed but also hosted Season 1 on the popular reality TV show So You Think You Can Dance in 2005.
3. Licensed Helicopter Pilot
In addition to her numerous accomplishments in the fields of film and television, Sanchez is also a licensed helicopter pilot. Having gotten her license she founded her company Black Ops Aviation in 2016. This has allowed her to expand her skills into the realm of aerial cinematography and work on many great films. For example, consulting in Dunkirk by Christopher Nolan.
How will the divorce affect Amazon?
A lot of Jeff Bezos’ wealth is tied up in illiquid assets. And a lot of Bezos’ assets happen to be stocks in his company – Amazon. According to several divorce attorneys, this may present a problem since Washington state laws would require all of Bezos’ assets to be divided equally between him and his wife.
Since Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos do not have a prenuptial agreement the divorce settlement will likely become very complicated. And should Bezos be forced to sell shares in his company he could lose control over Amazon?
The affair of Jeff Bezos and Lauren Sanchez
Rumors of the affair entered the headlines almost immediately after the Bezos’ joint Twitter divorce statement. So how did the affair begin? Apparently, the two were introduced by Patrick Whitecell who Sanchez is currently married to but separated from. In fact, word on the street is that the two couples were friends for years. Both couples are currently in the middle of getting divorced.
Will the affair affect how the divorce settlement is divided?
According to professional divorce attorneys, it is improbable that news of the affair should alter the divorce settlement in any way. Only if there were proof that the spouse used their combined marital assets to advance the affair would they be required to provide remuneration for half the amount spent. However, even if Jeff Bezos was guilty of this the Bezos’ combined public front on the issue thus far seems to suggest that they plan to settle their issues in house.
Overall, it would appear that Jeff Bezos – Amazon CEO and the richest man in the world – is having an affair with Lauren Sanchez. And is getting a divorce that might cost half of his net worth, as well as, stocks in his company.