Amazon boss’ ex-wife pledges half her $36bn fortune to charity

The ex-wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has promised to give away to charity half of the reported $36bn (£28.4bn) she received following her divorce.

MacKenzie Bezos finalised her split from the world’s richest man in April and it is claimed she received a 4% stake in the online shopping giant.

On Tuesday, she became one of 19 people to join the Giving Pledge, which started in 2010 by 40 of the wealthiest people in the US, including Bill Gates.

MacKenzie Bezos finalised her divorce from Jeff Bezos in April 2019
Image: MacKenzie Bezos finalised her divorce from Jeff Bezos in April this year

It involves billionaires pledging more than half of their wealth to charitable causes, either while they are alive or when they die.

The 49-year-old, who is the world’s third-richest woman, said in a letter: “We each come by the gifts we have to offer by an infinite series of influences and lucky breaks we can never fully understand.

“In addition to whatever assets life has nurtured in me, I have a disproportionate amount of money to share.

“My approach to philanthropy will continue to be thoughtful. It will take time and effort and care. But I won’t wait. And I will keep at it until the safe is empty.”

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Jeff Bezos, who tops the Forbes list of world billionaires with an estimated net worth of $131bn (£103.5bn), was quick to support his ex-wife following their amicable divorce.

He tweeted: “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.”

He is not among the 204 wealthy people from 23 counties who have signed up to the Giving Pledge, which on its website says is “not a legal contract” – but a “moral commitment to give”.

Source: SKY NEWS

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