Two years after her divorce from Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, MacKenzie Scott, one of the richest women in the world, has found love again. This time, it’s with her children’s science teacher, Dan Jewett.
‘Dan is such a great guy, and I am happy and excited for the both of them,’ Mr Bezos said in a statement.
A keen philanthropist, Scott has given away more than $4 billion of her $53 billion fortune, mostly in support of women’s charities, food banks and Black colleges.
In 2019, she signed the Giving Pledge, which is a commitment to donate the majority of her wealth. It was founded by billionaires and philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffet in 2010. Writing about her pledge at the time, she said: ‘I have a disproportionate amount of money to share.’
Last year, at the height of the coronavirus pandemic, she donated $1.7 billion to 116 charities in the month of July alone. Writing about her decision via the blog site Medium, she said: ‘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 colour and for people living in poverty. Meanwhile, it has substantially increased the wealth of billionaires.’
The majority of her wealth came from her divorce settlement with Bezos, who she was married to for 25 years. An early employee of Amazon, she walked away from the marriage with four per cent shares in the company as part of her divorce settlement.
While Scott is the 22nd richest person in the world, her ex-husband is in the top spot. His wealth grew to $171.6 billion in the pandemic, thanks largely to the massive increase in demand for online shopping, toppling his own previously held record. At the beginning of this year, he announced plans to step down as Amazon’s CEO for an executive chairman role.
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