How much do you think Jeff Bezos will get in divorce?
I haven't heard anyone ask it. I only read headlines like how much could MacKenzie Bezos get? and how much will Jeff Bezos lose?
In Bezo's marriage, the partners are the same. Jeff and MacKenzie started the business together. And they worked side by side. When the company was big and they had four children, MacKenzie took half the load (kids) and Jeff took half the load (work).
Why do people assume that Jeff will turn money off for MacKenzie? The money is just as much her as it is his. Some headlines are simply despicable. NBC ran the headline Settlement between the world's richest man and his wife. But if he is the world's richest man, she is the world's richest woman. Already. Before the settlement. Because all his money is her money.
Consider what it would be if NBC ran this headline: The settlement between the world's richest woman and her husband. It sounds weird, doesn't it? Because the power of the sentence is so firm on MacKenzie's side. But then we must also recognize the first headline as strange. The NBC heading is bad journalism because it distorts reality.
The divorce language is about power, and we take power away from all spouses when we talk about MacKenzie, as if she doesn't have her own money.
Wired magazine published a great deal about how the famous companies in Silicon Valley were never founded by an individual. It takes a team of people to do something as big as Amazon, and MacKenzie was an important part of the team. Many years ago, MacKenzie doubted her contribution to rest in a long, careful review of Jeff's biography. She gave the book a star.
MacKenzie has always stood up for his contribution in marriage. But it's not that easy for most women. Most women did not work side by side with their spouse to start the most disruptive company in the world.
Most women do their half of the team's work and get very little credit for it. Because when it comes to spousal partnerships, the community tells the resident's spouse as if they are freeloads and is waiting to pick up their check in the divorce.
USA Today describes MacKenzie and Jeff who start Amazon together. But when the United States today marries marriage this way:
Since then, Bezos became the world's richest man and replaced Microsoft's founder Bill Gates on Forbes' annual list of the 400 richest Americans three months ago when his net worth rises to $ 1
MacKenzie Bezos became a novelist and won an American book prize for her 2005 debut novel "The Testing of Luther Albright." Then she published the book "Traps" in 2013.
This is not a precise representation of either Jeff or MacKenzie. One of the most dangerous parts of the United States Today, it has been ruled out that "since then" Jeff and MacKenzie also became parents. This is very important because it is the work that MacKenzie did that makes her an equal partner in marriage and just as wealthy as Jeff.
So, USA Today should make a correction to give a more precise description:
Since then, Jeff Bezos and MacKenzie Bezos became parents. At the same time, Jeff was CEO of Amazon, and MacKenzie became a novelist. They also became the richest couple who replaced Bill and Melinda Gates.
It is unusual for such a high-profile CEO to be married to someone who is their equal. Therefore, the language we use to talk about this divorce is so important. Society does not celebrate the contribution of home-based partners to corporate jobs. But big jobs like CEO of Amazon are actually two-person jobs.
When we automatically assume the spouse's residence time, it is with less money, we do not deviate from the home spouse's contribution. Today, more and more women choose to stay at home with children, but only after spending time in the corporate world where people get money and recognition and campaigns. The transition to parents is difficult because there are no prizes or promotions. The transition is even more difficult when journalists do not give women credit for their contributions.
How you talk about Bezos divorce says a lot about you. We do not come across divorce like this very often; MacKenzie is a power plant. Let's talk about her that way, because we're talking about women with power, while respecting that power, teaching us to respect power within ourselves.