Ex-wife of Jeff Bezos donates ₤ 1.32 bn to charity after Amazon shares increase in lockdown

Adrian Ovalle

The ex-wife of Amazon creator Jeff Bezos has actually contributed ₤ 1.32 billion to charity in the in 2015, she has actually exposed.

Mackenzie Scott, who was formerly referred to as MacKenzie Bezos, vowed to contribute the bulk of her fortune after splitting from the world’s wealthiest guy in 2015.

After registering to the Offering Promise, begun by Expense and Melinda Gates, the 50- year-old provided millions each to anti-racism, LGBTQ rights, public health and environment modification charities, she composed in a blog site post on Tuesday.

Ms Scott, who is worth a minimum of ₤464 bn ($60 bn) likewise exposed she has actually altered her surname – from her married name to her middle name.

She composed: “Like lots of, I viewed the first half of 2020 with a mix of heartbreak and scary.

“I began work to complete my pledge with the belief that my life had yielded two assets that could be of particular value to others: the money these systems helped deliver to me, and a conviction that people who have experience with inequities are the ones best equipped to design solutions.”

Mr Bezos is offering proof to a United States congressional committee today

In the middle of the continuous Black Lives Matter motion, Ms Scott provided the most money to racial equality non-profit organisations. She provided the least – ₤356 m – to LGBTQ rights.

Ms Scott’s divorce from Mr Bezos left her with a 4% stake in Amazon, which was worth ₤278 bn ($36 bn) at the time.

However after online sales soared throughout coronavirus lockdowns around the world, Ms Scott has actually seen her fortune increase by billions this year.

The Offering Promise has actually likewise been signed by Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg and his partner Priscilla Chan, however Mr Bezos has actually not registered.

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His ex-wife’s statement comes a day prior to he appears prior to Congress, which has actually been examining how Amazon utilized its market power to harm smaller sized competitors.

The couple, who have 4 children together, separated after he had an affair with United States news anchor Lauren Sanchez.

Ms Scott’s contributions by charity sector:

Racial equality – ₤454 m ($5867 m)

Financial movement – ₤3091 m ($3995 m)

Gender equality – ₤1029 m ($133 m)

Global advancement – ₤1006 ($130 m)

Public Health – ₤993 m ($1283 m)

Environment modification – ₤967 m ($125 m)

Practical democracy – ₤5572 ($72 m)

Compassion and bridging divides ₤4256 – ($55 m)

LGBTQ equality – ₤356 ($46 m)

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