December 17, 2020
Jeff Bezos’ ex-wife MacKenzie Scott donated more than $4 billion to several charities in the past four months as a way of alleviating the negative impacts of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The ex-wife of billionaire Jeff Bezos, MacKenzie Scott, has reportedly donated a massive sum of money to several charity organizations targeted to help communities negatively affected by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
In a Medium post titled “384 Ways To Help,” Scott detailed how she and her team of advisors went on a giving spree after being touched by a poem written by the iconic poet Emily Dickinson.
The 50-year-old author wrote about the irregularities the pandemic brought to the nation regarding the economic impacts faced by different social classes, describing the health crisis as a wrecking ball. In her words:
“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.”
After many data-driven research and hopeful viral stories on social media of random people offering a helping hand, Scott and her team gave a total of $4,158,500,000 in donations to 384 charities across the United States and Puerto Rico.
The renowned venture philanthropist is worth a whopping $60.9 billion and one of the richest women in the world.
In the write-up, Scott referred to her May 2019 Giving Pledge, which she took with other business moguls like Warren Buffet, Bill and Melinda Gates, to donate most of her wealth to help the world.
She noted that although she is far from completing her vow for the year, she wants to urge people to donate whatever they can to any of the 384 organizations. One of the organizations she donated to was a food bank program called Meals on Wheels.
Per Fox5, the billionaire gave $4 million to the non-profit organization in San Diego County, and it broke the record as the second-largest gift in the agency’s history. The CEO, Brent Wakefield, expressed his appreciation to Scott in a statement.
According to reports, in July, “The Testing of Luther Albright” author gave $1.7 billion to 116 charities. The renowned venture philanthropist is worth a whopping $60.9 billion and one of the richest women in the world.
A large portion of her wealth from her publicized split from Amazon CEO Bezos. Their divorce proceedings after 26 years of marriage and four kids left her with a 4% stake in Amazon estimated at $38.3 billion.
Scott is currently the 18th richest person globally, while her ex-husband is the world’s wealthiest person with a $185 billion net worth. She was recently ranked at No. 67 on the Forbes’ 100 most powerful women for 2020 list.