MacKenzie donates $2.7bn more to charity

17 June, 2021 12:00 AM printer

MacKenzie donates $2.7bn more to charity

Billionaire MacKenzie Scott, ex-wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, has donated another $2.7bn (£1.9bn) to a range of charities, reports BBC.

Scott said in a blog post that she wanted to give the money to those “that have been historically underfunded and overlooked”.

She wrote that she had chosen 286 organisations working on racial inequality, the arts and education. Scott is one of the world’s richest women. Much of her fortune comes from her 2019 divorce from Bezos, who is currently the world’s richest man.  As part of the deal, Scott ended up with 4 percent of Amazon’s shares, having helped Bezos start the technology giant in 1994.

The author has since posted about her charitable donations, such as in December, when she revealed she had donated more than $4bn in just four months to women-led charities, food banks and Black colleges.

Despite the size of these donations, she is still the world’s 22nd-richest person, worth $59.5bn, according to Forbes.

In her most recent blog post on Tuesday, she said again that she was keen to redistribute her wealth, having worked with a team of researchers and her new husband, science teacher Dan Jewett, to pick who to donate to.

“In this effort, we are governed by a humbling belief that it would be better if disproportionate wealth were not concentrated in a small number of hands, and that the solutions are best designed and implemented by others.”