Mackenzie Bezos, the former wife of Jeff Bezos vowed to give half of her fortune to charity.
On Tuesday, Mackenzie Bezos, who is worth $36 billion after she got divorced from her previous husband Jeff Bezos announced she signed the Giving Pledge. The billionaire in her published letter said she will be giving half of her money to the charity.
Giving Pledge is a commitment by the world's wealthiest individuals and family to dedicate the majority of their wealth to giving back. It was started in 2010 by Melinda and Bill Gates, and Warren Buffet.
MacKenzie Bezos Signs ‘Giving Pledge’ to Donate Half Her $37 Billion Amazon Fortune to Charity.Source: Variety
Bezos said on Tuesday her approach to philanthropy will continue to be thoughtful. Later the novelist added she is more focused on giving back and will continue to contribute to the cause.
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Giving Pledge has drawn 204 pledgers from around the world including Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan, Tesla's CEO Elon Musk and many more. However, Jeff Bezos is absent from the pledge list.
After the divorce, Mackenzie became one of the wealthiest women in the world and was part of the group of 19 new pledge signatories including WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton.
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The former couple was married in 1993, and after almost 25 years they announced their divorce in January 2019.
Jeff Bezos is ‘proud’ of ex-wife’s pledge to give away over half of her $35 billion fortune: ‘Go get ’em MacKenzie’
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Following the divorce, Mackenzie became the 5th richest woman in the world but it seems she is not interested in the wealth she got from her ex-husband.
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Jeff subsequently congratulated his ex-wife on Twitter. He wrote "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."