Mackenzie Scott, Jeff Bezos Ex-Wife, Now Second Richest Woman In World, Promises To Give Most Of It Away
Mackenzie Scott is now the second richest woman in the world after settling her divorce from Jeff Bezos.
First in line for richest women in the world is L’Oréal’s billionaire heiress Françoise Bettencourt Meyers with a net worth of $64.3 billion. Scott is not far behind with a net worth of $63.4 billion, according to Bloomberg Billionaires Index.
Scott and Bezos, who had been married for 25 years, filed for divorce back in 2019. Bezos. who is the CEO of Amazon and the richest man in the world, gave Scott a 4% stake in Amazon according to Forbes as a part of their divorce settlement.
Scott is now the 13th richest person in the world.
Scott is a part of The Giving Pledge, a commitment among the wealthiest people in the world to give a large portion of their wealth to charity. The Giving Pledge has more than 210 pledgers as of 2020 according to the campaign website.
The campaign was founded by Warren Buffett, Bill Gates and Melinda Gates back in 2010. It’s main purpose is for pledgers to donate the majority of their wealth to philanthropy to aid disaster relief, global health, education and poverty alleviation.
Since receiving her divorce settlement, Scott has made multiple contributions to various non-profit organizations. The non-profit organizations Scott donated back in July 28, address need for racial equity, gender equity, economic mobility, public health, global development and climate change, according to Scott’s statement on Medium.
While Bezos boasts a net worth of over $200 billion, Bezos is not a contributor to The Giving Pledge. The CEO of Amazon has been heavily criticized for his excessive wealth on social media.
On September 4, U.S. Rep.lhan Omar (D-Minnesota) tweeted about Bezos’ wealth growing during a pandemic, yet middle-class citizens are being evicted from their homes.
As billionaires like Jeff Bezos grow wealthier, millions of people are losing income and at risk of being evicted.
Freezing evictions and utility shut-offs is a start, but to prevent a catastrophic housing crisis, we must cancel rent and mortgage payments through the pandemic. https://t.co/PCPCyR1S8y
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) September 4, 2020
Jamaal Bowman, Democratic nominee in New York’s 16th Congressional district also tweeted about the disparities between Bezos’ wealth and food banks in America seeing scarcity in supplies during the global pandemic.
Jeff Bezos is now worth 200 billion. Yet…
“Food banks are supposed to fill in the gaps. More than 37 million Americans are food insecure, according to the U.S.D.A. “We call it an emergency food system, but it’s a 50-year emergency.” https://t.co/xCzeCqqvWd
— Jamaal Bowman (@JamaalBowmanNY) September 4, 2020