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Jeff Bezos’ divorce could make his wife MacKenzie Bezos the richest woman in the world

Divorce could reshape the ranking of wealth. If the couple shared their wealth equally, it could leave MacKenzie, 48, $ 69 billion, making her the richest woman in the world. It could also make Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates the richest person on the planet.

Washington state – where Amazon is based and the couple have a home – is a communal property state, meaning that all property and debts acquired during a marriage “will be divided fairly by the court if the couple can’t negotiate a deal, ”according to the website of McKinley Irvin, a local family law firm.

This story originally appeared on Bloomberg.

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