MacKenzie Scott attends the SEAN PENN J/P HRO GALA: A Gala Dinner to Profit J/P Haitian Aid Group and a Coalition of Catastrophe Aid Organizations at Milk Studios on January 6, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.
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MacKenzie Scott, billionaire philanthropist and ex-wife of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, introduced Tuesday she has given away greater than $2.7 billion to lots of of teams this yr.
In a weblog publish, Scott stated she donated to 286 “high-impact organizations” targeted on a wide range of causes, starting from the humanities and racial justice to larger training and combating home violence. The announcement marks Scott’s first donation since she remarried, to Dan Jewett, a Seattle science instructor, earlier this yr.
“Me, Dan, a constellation of researchers and directors and advisors — we’re all making an attempt to provide away a fortune that was enabled by programs in want of change,” Scott wrote within the weblog publish. “On this effort, we’re ruled by a humbling perception that it might be higher if disproportionate wealth weren’t concentrated in a small variety of palms, and that the options are greatest designed and carried out by others.”
Scott has taken an uncommon strategy to philanthropy, beforehand saying she consulted her staff on the best way to give away her fortune quicker. Tuesday’s announcement marks Scott’s third donation in lower than a yr.
Scott has a web value of greater than $59 billion, in line with the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. Scott grew to become one of many world’s wealthiest ladies following her divorce from Bezos in 2019, which left her with a 4% stake in Amazon. Her ex-husband is the wealthiest man on the planet, in line with the index.
Scott has been on a giving spree since July 2020, when she introduced a $1.7 billion donation to traditionally Black faculties and universities, together with different teams. Final December, Scott introduced she gave away one other $4.2 billion to lots of of organizations.
In 2019, Scott signed onto the Giving Pledge, committing to provide away no less than half of her fortune to charity. The Giving Pledge was began by Warren Buffett and Invoice and Melinda Gates in 2010 to encourage the world’s ultra-rich to distribute their wealth.