New Delhi: Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, rated the world’s wealthiest person, announced Wednesday on Twitter that he and his wife Mackenzie Bezos were divorcing after a long separation. Also Read - After Filing For Divorce From Tina Dabi, Athar Khan Doesn't Want to Stay in Rajasthan; Applies For Deputation in J&K

“We want to make people aware of a development in our lives,” Jeff Bezos, 54, and MacKenzie Bezos, 48, said in joint statement posted to Bezos’ Twitter feed. Also Read - This is How Much Melania Might Receive in Settlement If She Divorces Donald Trump; Hint: It's a Lot!

“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.” Also Read - Melania to Divorce Donald Trump? No Surprises Here Because Signs of an 'Unhappy Marriage' Were Always There!

The Bezoses said they felt “incredibly lucky” for their 25 years together and would remain involved with each other as close friends and parents.

“Though the labels might be different, we remain a family and we remain cherished friends,” the statement continued.

MacKenzie Bezos is the author of two books, including “The Testing of Luther Albright,” a psychological novel about the challenges facing a Sacramento, California father and his family after an earthquake.

She was one of the first employees of Amazon at its founding and in 2014 launched Bystander Revolution, an anti-bullying organisation.

The couple, who have four children, met while working at the hedge fund DE Shaw prior to Bezos’s founding of Amazon.

Jeff Bezos is rated the world’s wealthiest man by Forbes and Bloomberg, with a fortune estimated at around USD 137 billion.

Amazon this week passed Microsoft to become the world’s biggest publicly traded company by market capitalisation.