Last year, Jeff Bezos and his wife MacKenzie divorced, leaving her with a fortune of about $ 36 billion and the thirteenth richest person in the world.
In a blog post on Tuesday, MacKenzie announced that she has donated $ 1.7 billion to 116 organizations over the past year.
she has also changed its name to MacKenzie Scott.
MacKenzie Scott, the ex-wife of Amazon billionaire chief executive Jeff Bezos, has donated $ 1.7 billion of her wealth in the past year to causes including racial equality, LGBTQ rights, public health and climate change, she said in a blog post.
Scott, who was previously known as MacKenzie Bezos, also announced her new last name, which he says was taken from her middle name.
Last year, Scott signed the Donation Pledge in a pledge to donate most of her fortune after her separation from Bezos, the world’s richest man left her with a 4% stake in Amazon.
“Like many, I saw the first half of 2020 with a mix of heartbreak and horror,” she wrote in a Medium post.
“I began working to fulfill my promise with the belief that my life had produced two assets that could be of particular value to others: the money these systems helped me deliver and the belief that people who have experience with inequalities they are the best – equipped to design solutions,she added.
In his blog post, Scott listed a total of 116 organizations he has donated to. He also broke down how much he has donated to various causes by category, the top three causes Scott donated to were: racial equity ($ 587 million), economic mobility ($ 400 million), and gender equity ($ 133 million).
At the time of the divorce, Scott’s stake in Amazon was worth around $ 36 billion. His fortune has grown to more than $ 60 billion with a jump in Amazon stock this year. Jeff Bezos’ fortune has also skyrocketed, growing by more than $ 60 billion since the beginning of this year, putting his net worth at approximately $ 178 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.
Scott made her announcement the day before Jeff Bezos appears for his first testimony before Congress in front of an antitrust panel, which has been investigating how Amazon has allegedly used its market power to harm its smallest rivals.