Jeff Bezos was back in Los Angeles on Friday, marking the first time the Amazon CEO had been seen in public since announcing his split from wife MacKenzie.
The world’s richest man flew down from Seattle for the Living Legends of Aviation Awards Gala, where he was one of the evening’s honorees.
Photos from the event show Bezos posing with guests including John Travolta and Harrison Ford inside the Beverly Hilton ballroom.
There was no sign however of Bezos’ wedding ring or his chopper-chartering mistress Lauren Sanchez, who were both on-hand two weeks earlier when the Amazon CEO hosted a Golden Globe Awards after party at the same venue.
Bezos was quick to flee the City of Angels, with flight records obtained by DailyMail.com showing that the billionaire jetted back to Seattle early Saturday.
DailyMail.com has also obtained a photo posted just two days before the new year that shows Bezos and his estranged wife MacKenzie enjoying dinner with a group of friends.
Ten days later, the pair announced their split.
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Date night: Jeff Bezos is seen with his wife MacKenzie at a restaurant in Aspen in a photo posted just days before the two announced their split (above)
Bald eagles: On Friday, Bezos made his first public appearance almost two weeks after he and MacKenzie announced their split at the Living Legends of Aviation Awards Gala (above with John Travolta but without his wedding ring on Friday)
Kenn Ricci, Principal of Directional Aviation, presented the Kenn Ricci Lifetime Aviation Entrepreneur Award to Bezos Friday
Three’s company: He was not wearing his wedding band and did not take along his mistress Lauren Sanchez to the event, despite the fact that she is a licensed helicopter pilot (Bezos with Sanchez and her husband Patrick Whitesell in 2016)
Bezos had already made waves over the New Year’s holiday after video emerged of him rising a horse into Kemo Sabe, a popular Aspen retailer.
He was joined on that outing by his brother Mark.
Bezos frequently vacations with his entire family, and in 2017 was seen in Italy with Mark, sister Christina, their spouses and his mother and stepfather.
A loved-up Bezos was also seen kissing wife Mackenzie on that trip as they strolled through the Campo dei Fiori Market.
It is unclear if he and MacKenzie are still living together in Seattle, where the couple have raised their three sons and daughter.
There is certainly plenty of space for the couple, who purchased two adjoining properties just outside the city in Medina, where their neighbors include the likes of Bill Gates and Costco co-founder Jeffrey Brotman.
Bezos first purchased two homes on 5.3 acres of land in 1998 for $10 million, then dropped an estimated $53 million to pick up the plot next door in 2010..
The couple also owns a $23 million townhouse in Washington DC, a $13 million apartment compound on Central park West in Manhattan, a Beverly Hills villa that Bezos picked up in 2007 for $24.5 million and a 30,000-acre ranch in Texas.
Rocket man: One of the paintings of Bezos and hs giant rocket that was on display at the Aviation Awards on Friday (above)
Ginuwine guy: Bezos was in Aspen with his family to celebrate the new year, and had been seen horseback riding into a local retailer (Bezos above)
Saddling up: Bezos’ brother Mark was alo seen on horseback in Aspen (above)
Sanchez and Bezos appeared to have spent a good deal of time together at that massive ranch in Texas over the holidays according to flight records obtained by DailyMail.com.
An aircraft registered to Sanchez’s company flew to the Van Horn area just before Thanksgiving, remaining there for five days before heading back to California.
That same aircraft then returned to Van Horn just before Christmas on December 16, staying in the area for five days before returning to Santa Monica.
Sanchez is still living with her husband Patrick Whitesell at their $15.8 million Beverly hills compound.
The couple also own a $6.2 million home on Merer Island in Washington, which is how they came to know Bezos.