Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos will maintain 75 percent of his stake in Amazon and other companies under an amicable divorce agreement with his wife of 25 years, MacKenzie, who will get about $35 billion in stock. MacKenzie, 49, cheerily tweeted last week that she was giving Jeff the full voting control of her shares in Amazon, The Washington Post, and the spacecraft company Blue Origin “to support his continued contributions” to these companies. The published novelist added: “Excited about my own plans.” The deal is the most expensive divorce in history but still leaves Bezos the world’s richest man, worth about $110 billion. The day after the Bezos’ divorce was finalized, Jeff’s new girlfriend, Lauren Sanchez, and her husband, Patrick Whitesell, a Hollywood agent, filed for divorce. Sources told the New York Post that Sanchez will not be asking for child or spousal support.
Britney Spears checked into a psychiatric facility after suffering from distress related to her father’s declining health. Spears, 37, reportedly plans to stay for 30 days. She had announced an “indefinite work hiatus” in January from her Las Vegas residency so that she could care for her father, Jamie, whose colon ruptured late last year. He recently underwent additional surgery related to that problem. Jamie has been Britney’s financial conservator since 2008, after she shaved her head and attacked paparazzi before being hospitalized and diagnosed with bipolar disorder. In announcing her hiatus, Spears said she needed “a little ‘me time.’”
Queen Elizabeth II is not happy that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle intend to raise their first child—who’s due any day now—as a vegan. Markle, a self-described “hippie chick,” plans to have an all-natural birth, designed a gender-neutral nursery, and wants the baby raised on a plant-based diet. “The queen won’t have it,” a source told Woman’s Day. “Meghan seems to have little regard for royal traditions, but bringing the baby up as a vegan simply won’t be tolerated.” Elizabeth, 92, was once an avid hunter, a royal tradition that goes back hundreds of years. ■