Who is Jeff Bezos’ Girlfriend Lauren Sanchez and Relationship Timeline
Who is Jeff Bezos’ Girlfriend Lauren Sanchez and Relationship Timeline

Jeff Bezos may be among the richest and perhaps most polarising multibillionaires in the world, but one person loves him dearly … his long-time partner Lauren Sánchez. Lauren Sánchez, who was featured in People’s ‘50 Most Beautiful’ issue in 2010, once hosted So You Think You Can Dance and worked for entertainment news channel Extra

The 51-year-old news anchor and pilot has been thrust into the limelight due to her roller-coaster romance with the Amazon founder. It all started when she was caught in the US$38 billion divorces between Bezos and his ex-wife MacKenzie Scott in 2019. Only a day after the ultra-expensive divorce had been finalized, the National Enquirer published intimate details of Bezos’ relationship with Sánchez.

Let’s take a look at the life of the woman who is dating one of the world’s richest people.

Who is Lauren Sánchez?

Sánchez is an American reporter and TV personality, born on 19 December 1969. The 51-year-old began her career as a desk assistant in LA with KCOP TV before eventually becoming an anchor on KTVK-TV and Extra in Phoenix.

In 2005, Sánchez became the host of the FOX dance competition So You Think You Can Dance. She left the program after one season to have her second child.

Over the course of her career, Sánchez has contributed to shows such as Larry King Live, The Joy Behar Show, Showbiz Tonight. She continues to be a frequent guest host on The View.

She has also made appearances in a number of films and TV shows, including Fight Club, The Day After Tomorrow, Fantastic Four, and Dirt, usually as a news anchor character, or as herself.

Lauren Sánchez's early life and education

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Photo: thanhnien

Sánchez was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico to flight instructor and mechanic Ray Sánchez and Eleanor Sánchez, who also has a pilot’s license. She went on to follow in her parent's footsteps, becoming a qualified helicopter pilot and later even launching her own aerial filming company, Black Ops Aviation, the first female-owned aerial film, and production company.

Sánchez also has two siblings – a brother named Michael and a sister named Elena. The TV-anchor-turned-entrepreneur always showed a keen interest in communications and media. At the El Camino College in Torrance, California, she even made it to the dean’s list and wrote for the university newspaper The Warwhoop, according to IMDB. She then attended the University of Southern California, where she majored in communications, setting her off into the media world.

Was Lauren Sanchez married?

Sanchez married Patrick Whitesell back in 2005. He is an agent to stars including Matt Damon, Christian Bale, Kevin Costner, and Hugh Jackman. Sources told The New York Post that Bezos and Sanchez got to know each other through Whitesell.

Whitesell and Sanchez split in the autumn of 2018 and she grew close to Bezos after coming to work for his space company Blue Origin. Sanchez then came clean with her husband after Bezos' response to "blackmail" from The National Enquirer. In April 2019, Sanchez and Whitesell filed for divorce, which was finalized in October of that year.

How many children does she have?

Sanchez has three children.

She had her son Niko in 2001 from her relationship with former NFL tight end Tony Gonzalez.

After marrying Whitesell in August 2005, the pair went on to have two children together.

Their son Evan was born in 2006.

Meanwhile, their daughter Ella was born in 2008.

It is understood Bezos shares 50/50 custody of his four children with his former wife.

Jeff Bezos and Lauren Sánchez Relationship Timeline: From Secret Romance To Now

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Photo: Wearemitu

Lauren and Jeff Bezos are thought to have been having a fling since January 2018.

Rumors began to speculate after a photo emerged in April 2018 of them enjoying a meal together.

It was claimed on January 10, 2019, that billionaire Bezos had been secretly seeing Sanchez while he was married to MacKenzie Scott.

The affair came to light when Bezos accused the National Enquirer of blackmailing him in an infamous blog post in February 2019.

It is also rumored that Bezos made his divorce announcement from wife MacKenzie believing that photos of himself and Sanchez could soon be made public.

In February 2019, Bezos outed them in response to "blackmail" from The National Enquirer.

They have been publicly dating since Bezos' divorce was finalized in April 2019.

Since going public, the couple were photographed courtside at Wimbledon and relaxing on a luxury yacht off French-speaking Caribbean island St. Barths in 2019.

In December 2019, Bezos is reported to have thrown Sanchez a glitzy 50th birthday party involving a private dinner as well as a party with guests including Katy Perry, Orlando Bloom, and Timothée Chalamet.

Sanchez and Bezos were spotted dining in Nobu in Los Angeles a few days prior to his Blue Origin space launch on July 20, 2021.

In October 2021, Sanchez took to Instagram to congratulate her boyfriend on Blue Origin's historic NS-18 space launch.

The company sent William Shatner, Dr. Chris Boshuizen, Glen de Vries, Audrey Powers safely to space and back.

The Emmy-winning journalist captioned a photo of Bezos ahead of the launch: "Good luck on the launch my love.

"This morning you and your @blueorigin team will be launching 4 incredible people into space, just yards away from where we were riding horses yesterday. Truly incredible!

"You never cease to amaze me."

In November 2021, a video circulated on the internet showing Sanchez meeting Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio.

Comments flooded in claiming Sanchez was flirting with the Oscar winner.

One Twitter user wrote: "jeff bezos’s gf is willing to risk it all for learned."

Jeff Bezos and Lauren Sánchez Living the good life

A glamorous life is something of a given when you’re the partner of one of the world’s richest humans. Indeed the world is your oyster, and holidays that begin with a stroll through Saint-Tropez and end with a cruise off the coast of Spain are all par for the course.

The very much-in-love couple were spotted enjoying a European escapade aboard media mogul David Geffen’s superyacht the Rising Sun in November 2019. Then a month later, the couple jetted off to French-speaking Caribbean island and renowned celebrity retreat, St. Barts, doing more of what seems to be their favorite activity: relaxing on yachts. They made it a family holiday as Sánchez’s son, Nikko Gonzalez also joined them.

An aerial photo of Jeff Bezos’s Warner Estate. Photo: Los Angeles County/Pictometry

Early this year, right after stepping down as Amazon’s CEO – in what has been described as the “richest retirement ever” – Bezos took to the seas once more on a luxury holiday in Cabo with Sánchez. But no matter where they travel, they can always return to their US$165 million love nest on a sprawling nine-acre (3.6-hectare) estate in Beverly Hills. The vast 13,600 sq ft Georgian-style Warner mansion set a record as the most expensive home sale in the state’s history.

And that’s not all. The couple also recently bought a tropical estate on La Perouse Bay on the island of Maui reported to be worth a whopping US$78 million. Spanning 14 acres, the home is incredibly isolated and is said to have a 4,500 sq ft main house with an open kitchen and spellbinding ocean views. The icing on the cake is a massive 700 sq ft, perfectly circular swimming pool.

Engagement rumors

What the future holds for the couple is unclear, but Sánchez sporting a huge yellow, heart-shaped ring while running errands in Los Angeles immediately sparked engagement rumors. Might the Amazon boss Bezos already have popped the question?

Upon his return to earth after going into space on Blue Origin, the evidently besotted Bezos hugged Sánchez as soon as his feet were safely on the ground.

Jeff Bezos' Girlfriend Lauren Sanchez Favourite Place In The World

Lauren Sanchez's favorite place in the world is anywhere she is with her partner Jeff Bezos. In an Instagram post, Lauren Sanchez shared three previously-unseen photos that show her with the American billionaire. The photographs were all taken at different places. A third-generation Mexican-American, Lauren Sanchez's accompanying caption was written in Spanish. "Mi lugar favorito del mundo, es a tu lado," she wrote, which translates to "My favorite place in the world is by your side."

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and Lauren Sanchez went public with their relationship in 2019, shortly after his divorce with Mackenzie Scott was finalized.

The first photo shared by the 51-year-old Emmy-winning journalist shows her kayaking with boyfriend Jeff Bezos. The second appears to be a selfie, while the third photo shows the couple smiling broadly for the camera.

The Instagram post has collected nearly 5,000 'likes' since being shared a few hour ago, along with hundreds of comments from friends and fans.

Lauren Sanchez, a TV host-turned-helicopter pilot and camerawoman, reportedly met Jeff Bezos because they had houses near each other in Seattle.

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