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If MacKenzie Bezos gets half of Jeff Bezos' fortune, she'd become the fourth-richest person in the world — and he'd fall from the No. 1 spot

MacKenzie and Jeff Bezos could tie at No. 4 on the world's richest people list.
MacKenzie and Jeff Bezos could tie at No. 4 on the world's richest people list. Lucas Jackson/REUTERS

  • Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie Bezos, have said they will divorce.
  • Their separation of assets could affect the Amazon CEO's ranking among the richest people in the world.
  • If MacKenzie Bezos acquired half of Jeff Bezos' $137 billion fortune - a possible outcome of a divorce settlement - the two would be tied at No. 4 on the list with $68.5 billion each.
  • MacKenzie Bezos would easily become the richest woman in the world.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos could find himself dropping a few spots on the list of the world's richest people soon.

And his soon-to-be ex-wife MacKenzie Bezos might rocket up the list.

Jeff Bezos sits atop the list of the world's richest people with a fortune of $137 billion. If MacKenzie Bezos acquires exactly half of that in a divorce settlement, a possible outcome, considering Washington's divorce laws and their reported lack of a prenuptial agreement, that would leave both people with $68.5 billion each.

In that scenario, Jeff Bezos would fall to the No. 4 spot on the list of the world's richest people, according to Bloomberg's real-time billionaire index. MacKenzie Bezos, who is currently unranked, would join him there.

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A net worth of $68.5 billion would land the Bezoses just ahead of Amancio Ortega, a Spanish fashion retailer with a net worth of $62.2 billion, and one spot below France's Bernard Arnault, also a fashion retailer, whose net worth is $72.2 billion.

Bill Gates would regain his title as the world's richest person, a distinction he held for more than two decades, from the 1990s until Jeff Bezos overtook him last year. Gates' fortune is estimated at $93 billion.

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Second on the list would be investor Warren Buffett, who has a fortune of $80.8 billion.

Meanwhile, a 50-50 payout for MacKenzie Bezos would easily make her the richest woman in the world, surpassing the $45.7 billion net worth of L'Oreal heiress Francoise Bettencourt Meyers, who ranks 11th on the overall list.

Forbes releases its annual list of billionaires every March. Should her divorce be finalized by then, MacKenzie Bezos could make her debut on the list.

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