MacKenzie Bezos pledges to give half her $36 fortune to charity


Her announcement Tuesday throws the lack of such a pledge from her ex-husband, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, into sharp relief.

"I have a disproportionate amount of money to share", said MacKenzie Bezos, 49.

As for Mackenzie Bezos, she became one of the world's richest people herself after her recent divorce settlement, in which she received about $35 billion in Amazon stock. And in what may be a sign that she intends to far exceed the pledge's requirement of giving away more than half of her money, she added, "It will take time and effort and care".

MacKenzie Bezos has announced that she will give half of her fortune to charity in the aftermath of her divorce from Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. Jeff, who founded Amazon, and owns Whole Foods and The Washington Post, is now the wealthiest person in the world, even after giving half his money to MacKenzie in the divorce. Bezos is still the largest Amazon shareholder and wealthiest man in the world.

MacKenzie Bezos will donate more than half of her fortune to charity.

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In a letter Tuesday, MacKenzie Bezos did not say how she plans to give her money away. But I won't wait.

Bezos previously funded cancer research, and founded the anti-bullying organization Bystander Revolution. Last year, he put $2bn into a charitable fund he established to help the homeless and set up a new network of schools. In early 2018 Jeff Bezos also donated over $30 million to create college scholarships for "Dreamers", the undocumented immigrants who were brought to America as children. More than 200 people from around the world have signed the agreement.

Other Forbes top 10 billionaires who have not joined the "Giving Pledge" are Bernard Arnault, head of French luxury goods conglomerate LVMH; Mexican telecommunications magnate Carlos Slim; European fashion retail mogul Amancio Ortega and Google co-founder and Alphabet CEO Larry Page.

Alongside Bezos, there are now 204 people who have signed up to Giving Pledge. In the past, he has also said that he sees his self-funded space exploration company Blue Origin and his purchase of The Washington Post newspaper as "contributing to society and civilization". According to The Giving Pledge, she is a backer of marriage equality and has previously donated to a group called Washington United for Marriage, which is located in the USA state where she lives.