Jeff Bezos and his wife announce divorce

Jeff Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie, are getting a divorce, the Amazon founder and Washington Post owner announced Wednesday.

"As our family and close friends know, after a long period loving exploration and trial separation, we have decided to divorce and continue our shared lives as friends," Bezos wrote in a note posted to Twitter. "We feel incredibly lucky to have found each other and deeply grateful for every one of the years we have been married to each other."

"Though the labels might be different, we remain a family, and we remain cherished friends," he added.

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Bezos, 54, and Mackenzie, 48, were married in the early 1993, according to the Post. They met while working at a New York-based hedge fund. They have four children.

The two undertook a number of charitable efforts together. In September, they announced a $2 billion philanthropic fund to finance a new network of preschools and contribute to nonprofits assisting homeless families.

The couple made their first major political donation last year, giving $10 million to a super PAC dedicated to helping veterans in both parties get elected to Congress.

The Bloomberg Billionaires Index rates Bezos as the world's richest person, worth an estimated $137 billion.