Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos steps out with girlfriend Lauren Sanchez for NYC date night dinner
Jeff Bezos stepped out for a date with his new significant other Lauren Sanchez for the first time since news of their romance broke out in January.
On Sunday, the 55-year-old Amazon CEO and founder and 49-year-old Sanchez enjoyed dinner with her sister at the New York City restaurant Emily, where they ate pizza and burgers, according to a report. The couple was last seen together, having ice cream with Bezos and his two kids, a day after Sanchez filed for divorce in April. The couple has been in and out of the spotlight with their divorces taking place one after the other, which they reportedly claimed to be a "coincidence".
In a tweet in April, Bezos — who is the richest man in the world worth an estimated $137 billion — revealed that he and his ex-wife, 48-year-old MacKenzie, had finalized their divorce. Bezos retained 75 percent of the former couple's Amazon shares, which is about 12 percent of the company, according to The New York Times.
"I'm so grateful to all my friends and family for reaching out with encouragement and love. It means more than you know. MacKenzie most of all," Bezos tweeted. In her own statement on Twitter, MacKenzie revealed details of what assets they had divided, which her ex-husband retweeted. The divorce has made her the third richest woman in the world.
Sanchez, who is a TV host and owner of an aerial filming company, also ended her marriage to her husband of 13 years, Hollywood agent Patrick Whitesell. She and Whitesell have two children together, and she has an older son from a previous relationship. Bezos and Sanchez got to know each other through her ex-husband Whitesell. Their spouses were reportedly aware of this relationship.
They had run in the same social circles for years and were spotted attending parties together, including a December 2016 Manchester By the Sea holiday event hosted by Matt Damon. Bezos even reportedly hired Sanchez, who earned her helicopter pilot’s license in June 2016 while co-hosting Fox’s 'Good Day LA', as a pilot to shoot aerial shots for his project 'Blue Origin', a space-launch company, according to Page Six. 'Blue Origin' was created in 2000 by Bezos to develop private access to space by lowering the cost of travel and increasing reliability.