Today Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos formally divorced and issued statements on the dissolution of their marriage through Twitter. Both had been extraordinarily civilized and well mannered. However, there were a few brilliant differences among their styles.
MacKenzie Bezos is a novelist. Her assertion mirrors the style of her books: Restrained. Distant. Preoccupied by way of information. As if she’s in hiding. This is a author who shirks fictional characters who might seem to resemble her. Her first novel, The Testing of Luther Albright, posted in 2005, is a workmanly story approximately domestic improvement and circle of relatives told via a male engineer protagonist, for example. Reading it, you might get the impact that she didn’t want to show herself, that she studiously avoided any possible confusion among herself and the man or woman. Similarly, she in no way says “I” inside the summing up of her union even though arguably each sentence could have commenced with one.
More proof that MacKenzie isn’t interested by revealing plenty approximately herself is the reality that this assertion is her first and most effective tweet. The now 25th-richest man or woman inside the international simply joined Twitter these days to mention that she’s “glad” to be giving her ex-husband all of her hobby in the Washington Post and Blue Origin, and 75% in their Amazon stock, plus balloting manage of her closing stocks. She is likewise “excited” approximately her personal plans, but don’t wager on understanding what they’re because MacKenzie Bezos is a reticent woman (Quartz currently contacted her literary agent and become advised that the author isn’t giving interviews).
Jeff, on the other hand, starts offevolved his declaration with himself, pronouncing, “I’m so grateful to my buddies and circle of relatives for accomplishing out with encouragement and love.” His “I” is right there from the get-pass, appears at some point of the assertion, and indicates up twice within the very last sentence. Last year, Quartz tracked his use of “I” as opposed to “we” statements in over twenty years of Amazon shareholder letters and observed that Jeff’s use of “I” has risen with the passage of time. Here, the superiority of “I” is a stark assessment with the absence of them in his ex-spouse’s declaration.
Of path, the two Bezos statements do undergo some resemblances. The divorcees are both extraordinarily glad and thankful. They each use the word “kindness” and say they may be buddies and sit up for continued co-parenting. They in reality agreed to echo each other and consulted, putting up a unified the front as they privately cut up.
One different distinction, although: Jeff, who joined Twitter more than a decade in the past, retweeted his ex-spouse’s assertion. MacKenzie didn’t go back the courtesy.