The Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos now ranks as the richest man in history, CNN reports. His net worth reached $105.1 billion the first week of January, according to Bloomberg’s billionaire tracker. That also overtakes the record previously held by Microsoft founder Bill Gates. Forbes, the other major tracker of the net worth of the world’s richest, put Bezos’ net worth at a mere $104.4 billion. Beside the billionaire stands novelist MacKenzie Bezos, who together with her husband, raises four children in between writing and managing their fortune. How do the couple keep their marriage as strong as their bank account? They have a few tricks up their sleeves.
- They support each other’s work
“Jeff is my best reader,” MacKenzie Bezos told Vogue. Her husband will totally clear his schedule in order to read her manuscripts and give her detailed feedback. Bezos attended Princeton University, where she studied under famed author Toni Morrison. She was “one of the best students I’ve ever had in my creative-writing classes … really one of the best,” Morrison said, of her.
Bezos, for her part, quit her job and moved from New York City to Seattle when Bezos wanted to found Amazon. In an interview with CBS, she described watching her husband build Amazon from the ground up. “To me watching your spouse, somebody that you love, have an adventure, what is better than that?” And when Brad Stone’s biography of Jeff Bezos and his company, The Everything Store, came out in 2013, she virulently defended him with a one-star review of the book on its Amazon page. She described it as “a lopsided and misleading portrait of the people and culture at Amazon,” People reported, and criticized the book for its “inaccuracies.”