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MacKenzie Scott Donates $4.2 Billion In Four Months To Causes Supporting Those Affected By The Pandemic

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MacKenzie Scott, ex-wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, reportedly gave away more than four billion dollars from her wealth to 384 organisations across the United States in the past four months. Scott received 38 billion dollars in the world’s biggest divorce settlement. In July 2020, she had donated 1.7billion dollars to 116 charities devoted to race, gender and economic equality.

The world’s 18th-richest person on Tuesday wrote in a blog post titled 384 Ways to Help, “This pandemic has been a wrecking ball in the lives of Americans already struggling. Economic losses and health outcomes alike have been worse for women, for people of color and for people living in poverty. Meanwhile, it has substantially increased the wealth of billionaires.”

50-year-old Scott’s donation has been termed as “one of the biggest annual distributions by a living individual.” Her wealth has seen a rise of $23.6 billion this year to $60.7 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaire’s Index.

In her post, Scott thanked those “have dedicated their lives to helping others, working and volunteering and serving real people face-to-face at bedsides and tables, in prisons and courtrooms and classrooms, on streets and hospital wards and hotlines and frontlines of all types and sizes, day after day after day.”

She signed off writing that she was “far from completing” her pledge but encouraged others to donate a gift to “one of the thousands of organizations doing remarkable work all across the country.”

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Bezos and Scott were together for 26 years before going their separate ways. Scott went to Princeton and pursued a career as a writer. She helped Bezos start his business out of a garage. The two had met at a New York hedge fund and got into a relationship.

Scott separated from Bezos in 2019 and received 25 per cent of Amazon’s stock and 4 per cent share in the company as a divorce settlement, which was equal to $38 billion.

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