• After meeting at D.E. Shaw & Co., Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos were married in 1993.
• Shortly afterward, the couple relocated to Seattle to found Amazon; MacKenzie was one of the company’s first employees.
Jeff Bezos wasn’t alone when he made his cross-county road trip to Seattle in 1994. And he wasn’t alone when he founded Amazon, the online retail giant some analysts now believe will be the world’s first trillion-dollar company.
His wife, MacKenzie, was there for the whole journey.
In an interview with CBS, she described watching her husband build Amazon up from scratch: “To me, watching your spouse, somebody that you love, have an adventure — what is better than that?”
Today, Bloomberg estimates Bezos is worth $127 billion — making him the richest person in history, according to CNN. He’s also topped Forbes’ annual list of the richest people on the planet for the first time ever.
Here’s a look inside the marriage of Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos.
MacKenzie and Jeff first met at investment management firm D.E. Shaw. MacKenzie was a research associate and Jeff was a vice president. Jeff was the first person to interview MacKenzie — a fellow Princeton grad — at the firm.
“I think my wife is resourceful, smart, brainy, and hot, but I had the good fortune of having seen her résumé before I met her, so I knew exactly what her SATs were,” he joked to Vogue.
After she landed the job, they became office neighbors. “All day long I listened to that fabulous laugh,” she told Vogue. “How could you not fall in love with that laugh?”