Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, as a Master of the Universe, is used to being in control of a situation. But now, after announcing the pending…
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, as a Master of the Universe, is used to being in control of a situation.
But now, after announcing the pending divorce from MacKenzie Bezos, his wife of 25 years, the Amazon founder finds his personal life splattered across the pages of the National Enquirer and, subsequently, the internet and media landscape.
Such a development may be not only personally troublesome and embarrassing, but also potentially an issue for Amazon itself.
CEOs and business executives «don’t like allowing the world to see what is going on in their personal lives,» said Sheri Warsh, partner at Chicago law firm Levenfeld Pearlstein who has represents high-profile trust and estate litigation clients. «Whether they are CEOs or movie stars or celebrities, we do our best to keep it out of the courts so the world doesn’t see what is going on.»
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However, in Bezos’ case, it’s too late. The Enquirer has published a four-month investigation in which it acquired text messages supposedly shared between the Amazon CEO and former Fox L.A. TV anchor Lauren Sanchez, a family acquaintance with whom he reportedly developed a relationship.
One message the Enquirer includes in its report, a snapshot of which is published online and the rest in its current printed issue, has Bezos saying, «“I love you, alive girl. I will show you with my body, and my lips and my eyes, very soon.”
Sanchez, 49, is the wife of Hollywood talent agent Patrick Whitesell. She and Whitesell, who owned a home in Seattle and have socialized with the Bezoses in the past, are also divorcing, according to several outlets including People.

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