Jeff Bezos: One of the Biggest US Landowners, but Divorce Could Change That

Colin Fredericson
By Colin Fredericson
January 11, 2019US News
Jeff Bezos: One of the Biggest US Landowners, but Divorce Could Change That
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his wife MacKenzie Bezos pose as they arrive at the headquarters of publisher Axel-Springer in Berlin on April 24, 2018. (Jorg Carstensen/AFP/Getty Images)

Jeff Bezos is the 28th biggest landowner in the United States. He owns land in multiple states and regions across the country.

Since his announced divorce, it remains to be seen how he and his soon to be ex-wife will deal with the property along with Bezos’s $137 billion, Fox Business reported. Bezos became the richest person in the world, according to the Forbes world’s billionaires list, by leaping ahead of Bill Gates when his fortune grew over $39 billion after the 2017 Forbes billionaires list.

A 2017 list by The Land Report puts Bezos in the 28th position of the country’s biggest landowners. Media mogul Ted Turner is No. 2 on the list. The No. 1 spot is held by John Malone, who owns 2.2 million acres of land. Malone made his money in cable television and is tied with three other billionaires for No. 186 on the Forbes richest people list.

According to Fox Business, Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos purchased a home just this past July, located in Beverley Hills, California. The 4,568-square-foot home has a swimming pool and is located on half an acre of land. It is right across from a home the Bezos’s purchased in 2007, an 11,891-square-foot home.

Bezos has a 5.3-acre property in a suburb of Seattle. He has two homes on the property: a 20,600-square-foot home and an 8,300-square-foot home.

Bezos grew up on his grandparents’ ranch in small-town Texas. He now owns more than 300,000 acres in Texas. He purchased the 30,000 acre Corn Ranch in the state so he could give his family a similar experience to the one he had growing up.

He also owns property on the East Coast. Bezos purchased the old Textile Museum in Washington a couple years ago, which makes him neighbors with the Obamas as well as Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner.

In New York City, he owns three units in a building in the Lincoln Square neighborhood of Manhattan, and another unit in a building across from that one. Altogether, the units cost him almost $13 million.

This is only a portion of Bezos’s 400,000 acres of landholdings. But the future of the property owned between Jeff and MacKenzie, as well as Jeff Bezos’s entire fortune, is in question due to the divorce.

Jeff published a statement announcing his divorce, via his Twitter account.

“We want to make people aware of a development in our lives. As our family and close friends know, after a long period of loving exploration and trial separation, we have decided to divorce and continue our shared lives as friends. 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. If we had known we would separate after 25 years, we would do it all again. We’ve had such a great life together as a married couple, and we also see wonderful futures ahead, as parents, friends, partners in ventures and projects, and as individuals pursuing ventures and adventures. Though the labels might be different, we remain a family, and we remain cherished friends.”

A reporter asked President Trump what he thinks of the Bezos divorce, to which he responded: “I wish him luck. It’s going to be a beauty,” in footage published Jan. 10, via Fox Business.

Washington Post and Amazon owner Jeff Bezos has reportedly purchased these two connected buildings
Washington Post and Amazon owner Jeff Bezos has reportedly purchased these two connected buildings that were formerly the Textile Museum seen in Washington on Jan. 13, 2017. (Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images)
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