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Brother of Bezos fiancee vows to 'air everyone's dirty laundry'

por Mark Hopetoun (02/07/2020)


While millions have been laid off and we teeter on the brink of a global recession, one man is peering down from the summit of the biggest pile of money the world has ever seen.

Amazon boss Jeff Bezos was already the richest man on the planet before the coronavirus pandemic locked us in our homes and forced us into the arms of the internet.

Soon he could become the first trillionaire in history.

Amazon's share price has soared nearly 30 per cent this year, increasing Bezos's personal fortune to $150 billion (£118 billion) as demand for his online shopping, streaming and delivery services boom.
And experts say that wealth of $1 trillion - a thousand billion - is within reach by 2026, so rapidly is his fortune increasing.

It is not just Amazon that is in great shape. Bezos, himself, has undergone a remarkable transformation in recent months, from self-professed nerd to a Hollywood 'player'.

He's barely recognisable, in fact.

Since ditching MacKenzie, his wife of 26 years and paying her a record $38 billion divorce settlement last June (instantly making her the third-richest woman on the planet), the emperor of online shopping has undergone a complete overhaul.

The balding pate with its wispy strands of hair has been shaved and buffed to a glossy bronze sheen. 

Hours with a personal trainer have left him with bulging biceps and a six-pack.

Gone is the 'geek uniform' of trainers and baggy chinos, replaced by a slick designer wardrobe and Gucci loafers.

Bezos once admitted: 'I'm not the kind of person women fall in love with. I sort of grow on them, like fungus.' 

Jeff Bezos and his girlfriend Lauren Sanchez during a visit to India in January this year 

Michael Sanchez (right), the brother of Lauren Sanchez (left). A set of embarrassing photographs of the billionaire's private parts that were allegedly 'stolen' from Lauren's phone. It was suggested, that the pictures had been sold  by Michael, who had been entrusted with handling Lauren's personal media strategy.

It is a charge that Michael denies so vehemently that he is now suing the richest man in the world for defamation.

But that was before he became a billionaire with all the trappings, including a $165 million Hollywood mansion, an $80 million New York 'mega-home', a $40 million Washington DC mansion and a $65 million Gulfstream jet.

A friend to stars including Jennifer Lopez, Katy Perry and Barbra Streisand, Bezos is currently building what is reported to be the world's biggest 'mega-yacht'.

A second, smaller vessel will float alongside just to house his collection of helicopters.

Naturally enough for a man of his stature, he owns a private space company called Blue Origin with the goal of making space travel an everyday reality.
You could fairly say that Bezos's ambitions are stratospheric - and beyond.

So it must be all the more unsettling to find himself drawn into an unedifying family drama and a legal case that threatens to bring Bezos right back down to earth, along with his glamorous new fiancee, TV host Lauren Sanchez.

And the key evidence on which he might well have to testify?

A set of embarrassing photographs of the billionaire's private parts that were allegedly 'stolen' from Lauren's phone.

Indeed, Bezos's life has become a melodrama far more salacious than anything a Hollywood scriptwriter could dream up, mixing family betrayal with international intrigue involving Donald Trump and Mohammed bin Salman, crown prince of Saudi Arabia.

The case, which is gripping America, is as labyrinthine as its detail is compelling. 

Michael accuses 56-year-old Bezos and his security consultant Gavin de Becker (now reportedly guarding Meghan and Harry in Los Angeles) of defaming him by falsely telling journalists that he was responsible for leaking the graphic photographs. 

First, Bezos sensationally claimed the notorious US tabloid the National Enquirer threatened to 'blackmail' him with the below-the-belt selfies.

Then it was suggested, that the pictures had been sold to the magazine for up to $200,000 by the brother of his own fiancee, Michael, Sanchez, who had been entrusted with handling Lauren's personal media strategy.

It is a charge that Michael denies so vehemently that he is now suing the richest man in the world for defamation.

Last night he broke a self-imposed vow of silence to tell The Mail on Sunday: 'I have protected and supported my sister 100 per cent since the day she was born. And I've willingly taken the fall for her too many times to count.
What's different this time is our family has been ripped apart and Lauren doesn't seem to care.'

Michael accuses 56-year-old Bezos and his security consultant Gavin de Becker (now reportedly guarding Meghan and Harry in Los Angeles) of defaming him by falsely telling journalists that he was responsible for leaking the graphic photographs.

In Michael's version of events, Federal investigators found he had no case to answer.

'Once the FBI and Amazon's own investigators cleared me of ever possessing the pictures used to blackmail Jeff, I thought I'd get a private apology, at a minimum. But Jeff and Lauren haven't looked back,' he said. 'I've been thrown under the bus. Sadly, it's likely the next time I see them will be in court.'

Bezos first met Lauren, a keen helicopter pilot, when she filmed footage for tử cấm thành bắc kinh trung quốc Blue Origin, his space company - and he seduced his new lover in a humble pick-up truck.

They are pictured holding hands in February