The net worth of MacKenzie Bezos, the ex-wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, has increased by about $6 billion in one week, and this enabled her to take first place on the list of the richest women in the United States—with a $62.3 billion fortune, Forbes informed.
She now needs about $2 billion to become the richest woman in the world.
After the most expensive divorce in history, which took place in July 2019, MacKenzie Bezos received a 25 percent stake in her ex-husband's company, which at the time was worth $ 36 billion. To date, his fortune has almost doubled against the backdrop of rising Amazon stocks.
An author and early employee at Amazon, MacKenzie Bezos walked away from her divorce with Jeff Bezos last July with 25% of his Amazon shares, then worth $36 billion. Since then, her fortune has nearly doubled as the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted traditional retail. Amazon’s soaring stock price has pushed her fortune past that of Walmart heir Alice Walton, who was previously the richest woman in the US.