The speedy affect of MacKenzie Scott’s divorce on her huge fortune will probably stay a secret.
Scott, the billionaire Seattle philanthropist who was beforehand married to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, filed a petition for divorce on Monday from Dan Jewett, the Seattle science instructor she married in March 2021.
The paperwork, under, have been filed in Seattle’s King County Superior Courtroom and reveal that Scott and Jewett have a “separation contract” that they’re asking the court docket to implement. Scott asks the court docket to divide actual property, private property and any money owed and liabilities as set forth in that contract.
However particulars about what the separation contract entails “won’t ever see the sunshine of day,” mentioned Terry Value, a professor on the College of Washington who makes a speciality of household regulation.
Value mentioned he could be “shocked” if Scott and Jewett didn’t have a prenuptial settlement. And even when there wasn’t, it’s unlikely that Washington state courts would break up Scott’s fortune with Jewett given the length of their marriage, added Value, who beforehand spoke to GeekWire about the divorce between Invoice Gates and Melinda French Gates.
The truth that Scott was the petitioner doesn’t afford that individual any particular proper, standing, or declare. Largely, it tends to be the one who first filed the paperwork and shouldn’t be mistaken for who pushed for the divorce or who has the higher declare. Each the petitioner and respondent have equal standing beneath the regulation.
The divorce paperwork present that Scott and Jewett each dwell in King County, and married in California final yr. They don’t have youngsters collectively and Jewett agreed to the dissolution petition and the separation contract.
Scott and Bezos divorced in 2019 after 25 years of marriage.
Scott, 52, is a novelist with a internet value of $34.9 billion, based on Forbes. Bloomberg places the quantity at $27.8 billion, and has her ranked No. 41 on its index of the world’s richest individuals. Over the previous two years, she has given away greater than $12 billion to a variety of charitable and nonprofit organizations.
Jewett, 47, was a science instructor at Lakeside Faculty, the unique North Seattle personal college that’s finest referred to as the alma mater of Microsoft co-founders Invoice Gates and Paul Allen, and the place Scott’s youngsters attended.
The New York Occasions first reported the information of the break up on Wednesday, noting that Scott has scrubbed mentions of Jewett from numerous web sites the place his identify appeared alongside hers.