Novelist and Philanthropist, MacKenzie Scott became the world’s richest woman on Monday. According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, 50-year-old Scott, who was the former wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, has a net worth of $67.4 billion. MacKenzie Scott has outperformed L’Oreal SA heiress Francoise Bettencourt Meyers and became the world’s 12th richest person.
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. It was then that Scott etched her name in the world’s richest person’s list for the first time as the third-richest woman in the world. Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the demand of online shopping and home delivery pushed Amazon’s share from about $2,000 to $3,500, according to NBC News, since the onset of the year and the lockdown. Subsequently, she became the richest woman in the world while Jeff Bezos became the richest man.
MacKenzie Scott’s Donation To Philanthropic Causes
Last year, Scott had signed the Giving Pledge in which she vowed to donate half of her personal wealth to philanthropic causes. It is a campaign started by Bill Gates and Warren Buffet in which many billionaires have committed to donating their wealth. She has already donated an amount of $1.7 billion to charitable causes that support women, race, gender, climate and economic equality. Read the full report here.
She has also extended her support to the organisations that work for climate change and has founded an anti-bullying organisation called Bystander Revolution herself in 2014.
Currently, Jeff Bezos is the richest man in the world with a personal worth of $200 billion followed by Bill Gates. Last week, Tesla CEO Elon Musk became the third richest man, overtaking Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg.
Other Women In The World’s Richest Person List
Meyers, the heiress of the L’Oréal beauty empire, is the second richest woman and 13th richest person in the world with a net worth of $66.3 billion. Alice Walton, daughter of Walmart founder Sam Walton is on the 16th position in the list of the richest person in the world, with a net worth of $60.4 billion. The list also includes Julia Flesher Koch at 20th position with a net worth, as estimated by Bloomberg, is $56.9 billion. She inherited 42 per cent of Koch Industries chemical manufacturing company after the death of her husband and owner David Koch’s Koch Industries.
Jacqueline Mars is the 24th richest person in the world at $42.6 billion. She is the granddaughter of Frank C Mars, the owner of the American candy company Mars Incorporated.