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It fits perfectly with the new celebrity life that the Amazon.com CEO — the world’s richest man, reportedly worth $131 billion — has cultivated for himself.
Consider any high-profile pop-culture event of the past few months, and Bezos, 56, was in attendance. (Meanwhile, when was the last time you saw Mark Zuckerberg or Bill Gates at a fashion show?)
Accompanied by Preston, 19, as well as Sanchez’s 19-year-old son, Nikko Gonzalez, the couple were said to be 「inseparable,」 according to a guest.
「I’ve known Jeff since the early days of Amazon and his recent behavior is nothing that I would expect from him — this is not the Jeff that I knew,」 one well-placed former colleague told The Post.
Sure, Bezos is the world’s richest man, but insiders say he didn’t really start flaunting his money and position — or using it as celebrity clout — until he hooked up with Sanchez.
It’s all a far cry from the Seattle suburbs, where then-geeky Bezos — who grew up in the Southwest — moved after quitting his job at a New York hedge fund. There he set up Amazon.com in the garage of his rental house in 1994. Photos from that time show him with already thinning hair and clad in decidedly uncool pleated khakis.
「Jeff has clearly ‘gone Hollywood,’ 」 said a family source. 「Risky fashion choices, lunch with Anna Wintour, a nonstop barrage of shameless selfies with A-listers He’s . . . a narcissist with poor judgment, and Lauren is calling the shots.」
Since Bezos’ split from first wife MacKenzie — his spouse of 26 years and the mother of his three children — in late 2018 and the subsequent revelation of his affair with bombshell Sanchez, the tech titan has become an object of public fascination. It looks like he’s milking it for all it’s worth.
To be fair, Bezos has been a frequent Oscars guest for years — after all, Amazon Studios makes films, including 2017 Best Picture nominee 「Manchester by The Sea.」 It’s just that no one really paid attention to him until now.
「Jeff started going to the Oscars and the Oscars parties 15 years ago,」 said an Amazon source. 「Amazon’s expansion and his profile have gone hand-in-hand; of course people are more interested in his personal life now. He went on Barry Diller’s yacht for the first time in 2015, [and] people just didn’t report on it.」
But when you sport tight swim trunks and $500 Prada flip-flops while cavorting on Geffen’s superyacht, as Bezos did in December, people tend to take notice.
Bezos and Sanchez are close to several Hollywood bigwigs — a crowd that includes Geffen, music manager Scooter Braun and wife Yael, media power player Diller and fashion designer Diane Von Furstenberg.
A source who knew Sanchez said she has always loved LA and the life it affords her. After all, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner and Matt Damon were among the guests at her wedding to Hollywood power agent Patrick Whitesell in 2005.
Only time will tell if Bezos ends up considering the new LA mansion his main residence.
「Jeff has had a place in Beverly Hills,」 said the Amazon source of a home that, it’s believed, MacKenzie took as part of their $38 billion divorce settlement.
「He does like LA, but he also has homes in DC, Seattle and New York — he has no main residence,」 the Amazon source added. 「He goes among the four places.」
Bezos’ real estate team has been busy: He also dropped $90 million on an undeveloped plot of land in LA.
An insider told The Post that Bezos and Sanchez were secretly shown the Warner estate by top Hollywood broker Michelle Graci, who declined to comment. (However, it’s believed Bezos made the deal with Geffen himself on board Geffen’s yacht.)
Bezos and Sanchez also reportedly considered the Chartwell estate in Bel-Air — famously known as 「The Beverly Hillbillies」 house.
While on Geffen’s yacht in December, Sanchez was seen wearing a huge diamond ring on her right hand. And claims that she and Bezos are engaged recently came about in a most unusual way recently.
Sanchez’s brother, Michael — who is suing Bezos, alleging the billionaire defamed him by claiming Michael leaked sexually explicit photos of Bezos to the National Enquirer — claims in court papers the couple are engaged and they began their relationship earlier than first reported.
The suit claims Michael helped in 「covering up」 the romance between the pair and that his sister had wanted him to leak news of the affair to TMZ.标签：