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MacKenzie Scott, ex-wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has donated $ 2.7 billion to various charities.
Scott said, through his blog, that he wanted to give the money to those “who have historically been ignored and who have not received enough funds.”
The writer chose 286 organizations fighting racial inequality and promoting the arts and education.
Much of his fortune comes from his 2019 divorce from Bezos, who is currently the richest man in the world.
As part of the agreement that ended the marriage, Scott ended the 4% of Amazon shares, having helped the entrepreneur start the tech giant in 1994.
Scott had already posted information about his charitable donations. In December, he revealed that he had given, in just four months, more than U $ 4,000 million to female-led charities, food banks, and black majority colleges.
Despite the large sum of your donations, Scott is still among the richest people in the world.
It is located in position 22 of the ranking of the magazine Forbes, with a fortuna estimated at US $ 59.5 billion.
In her blog post Tuesday, Scott said she was excited about being able to redistribute her wealth and that the decision of which organizations to choose was the result of work she did with a team of researchers and her new husband, Dan Jewett, a science teacher, whom she married in March.
“In this effort we are governed by the humble belief that it would be better if a few did not concentrate disproportionate wealth, and that solutions were better designed and implemented by others.”
Among the charities and organizations that received the “relatively large gifts” were also those that worked to “build bridges” between different religions, as well as some colleges and universities.
In 2019, Scott signed the pledge known as Giving Pledge (“the promise to donate”), an initiative by some of the richest individuals and families in the world to share most of their wealth in service of society.
The proposal was initiated by Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett in 2010 and other signatories include the creator of Star Wars, George Lucas.
Bezos has yet to sign the pledge, while Jewett joined in March, saying in a letter:
“In a stroke of happy coincidence, I am married to one of the most generous and kind people I know, and I joined her in a commitment to pass on enormous financial wealth to serve others.”
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.