Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and wife MacKenzie announce their divorce

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Jeff Bezos, left, and wife MacKenzie Bezos arrive at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party on Sunday, March 4, 2018, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

WASHINGTON (WJLA) — Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie, have announced that the two are seeking a divorce.

The billionaire executive and his wife of 25 years announced the news on Wednesday -- just three days before his 55th birthday -- in a tweet signed by both of them.

"We want to make people aware of a development in our lives. 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," the tweet says.

The two launched a charitable fund together, the Day One Fund. The statement announced via social media suggests that they will continue to work together on the fund.

"We've had such a great life together as a married couple, and we also see wonderful futures ahead, as parents, friends, partners in ventures and projects, and as individuals pursuing ventures and adventures," stated in the tweet.

MacKenzie Bezos, a 48-year-old novelist, is often mentioned in the Amazon origin story as having supported her husband's move off of Wall Street, as he transitioned into e-commerce.

Shares of Amazon lowered slightly immediately following the announcement.