Amazon Ex-Wife Donates Half of $36 Billion Fortune
The former wife of Amazon.com Inc Jeff Bezos donates half of her 36$ billion fortune
Former wife of Amazon.com Inc chief executive officer (CEO) Jeff Bezoz, MacKenzie Bezos has pledged to give half of her $36 billion fortune to charity.
Her former husband, Jeff, is the world’s richest man.
MacKenzie is following a movement founded by billionaires Warren Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates. On Tuesday, she was one of the 19 people to join their campaign “Giving Pledge” announced in 2010 2010 by Berkshire Hathaway Inc’s Buffett and Microsoft Corp co-founder Bill Gates.
The movement calls for the super-rich to donate more than half of their fortunes by including it in their wills during their lifetime.
“In addition to whatever assets life has nurtured in me, I have a disproportionate amount of money to share,” MacKenzie Bezos said in a statement dated Saturday. “My approach to philanthropy will continue to be thoughtful. It will take time and effort and care.”
According to Forbes Magazine, MacKenzie became the world’s third richest woman after acquiring a four per cent stake in the Amazon.com Inc when she and Jess settled their divorce in April this year. The stock is worth about $36 billion.
Jeff’s net worth, estimated by Forbes, was $131 billion in 2019.
The CEO took to Twitter to support his ex-wife’s philanthropic endeavor.
“MacKenzie is going to be amazing and thoughtful and effective at philanthropy, and I’m proud of her. Her letter is so beautiful. Go get ‘em MacKenzie,” he wrote on Twitter.
Jeff, however, is not among the 204 rich “Giving Pledge” signatories from over 23 countries – they come from all walks of life including finance, technology, healthcare and real estate development.
Some 10 billionaires who have featured in Forbes have joined the campaign. These include: Bernard Arnault, head of French luxury goods conglomerate LVMH; Mexican telecommunications magnate Carlos Slim; European fashion retail mogul Amancio Ortega and Google co-founder and Alphabet CEO Larry Page.