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MacKenzie Bezos, ex-wife of prominent Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, has promised to give at least half of her fortune to charity, just months after finalizing her divorce. The newly minted billionaire has signed the Giving Pledge, which encourages the world’s wealthiest people and families to dedicate a majority of their wealth to charity, either during their lifetime or included in their will. The campaign was launched by Warren Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates in 2010. So far, the Pledge has attracted 204 affluent people and families.
MacKenzie Bezos became one of the richest individuals in the world after her divorce from Jeff Bezos earlier this year. Currently, she ranks number 22 on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. Her personal net worth is now an estimated $36.6 billion. Her former husband, Jeff Bezos, leads the global rankings with a net worth of over $114 billion.
MacKenzie Bezos shared her decision in a letter, saying “I have a disproportionate amount of money to share.”
“My approach to philanthropy will continue to be thoughtful. It will take time and effort and care. But I won’t wait. And I will keep at it until the safe is empty,” she said in the letter, which was dated May 25 and published Tuesday.
The Amazon CEO praised her decision in a tweet; “MacKenzie is going to be amazing and thoughtful and effective at philanthropy, and I’m proud of her.”
MacKenzie Bezos was one of the 19 new people to sign the Giving Pledge this year. The group included other well-known celebrities, such as Brian Acton, the co-founder of Whatsapp, Paul Sciarra, the co-founder of Pinterest, and Brian Armstrong, the CEO of Coinbase, a cryptocurrency exchange company.
Warren Buffett praised the group’s efforts and decisions in a statement on Tuesday. “The generosity of this group is a reflection of the inspiration we take from the many millions of people who work quietly and effectively to create a better world for others, often at great personal sacrifice.”
In conclusion, MacKenzie Bezos has decided to sign the Giving Pledge after finalizing her divorce with Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon. She is now worth over $37 billion, and she has decided to turn to philanthropy, donating the majority of her wealth to support charitable causes. The Giving Pledge is a foundation founded by Warren Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates, and it encourages the world’s richest people to dedicate a majority of their fortune to charity, either in their lifetime or in their wills. MacKenzie has received support from Jeff, and is now among one of 19 new members of the Giving Pledge.