MacKenzie Scott attends the SEAN PENN J / P HRO GALA: A Gala Dinner to Benefit J / P Haitian Relief Organization and a Coalition of Disaster Relief Organizations at Milk Studios on January 6, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.
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MacKenzie Scott, billionaire philanthropist and ex-wife of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, announced Tuesday that she has donated more than $ 2.7 billion to hundreds of groups this year.
In a blog post, Scott said she donated to 286 “influential organizations” that focus on a variety of purposes, from the arts and racial justice to higher education and the fight against domestic violence. The announcement is Scott’s first donation since remarrying to Dan Jewett, a Seattle science teacher, earlier this year.
“Me, Dan, a constellation of researchers and administrators and consultants – we are all trying to give away a fortune made possible by systems in need of change,” Scott wrote in the blog post. “In this endeavor, we are guided by the humiliating conviction that it would be better if disproportionate wealth were not concentrated in a few hands, and that the solutions are best designed and implemented by others.”
Taking an unusual approach to philanthropy, Scott previously said she had advised her team on how to give away her wealth faster. Tuesday’s announcement marks Scott’s third donation in less than a year.
According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, Scott has more than $ 59 billion in net worth. Scott became one of the richest women in the world after her divorce from Bezos in 2019, giving her a 4% stake in Amazon. Her ex-husband is the richest man in the world, according to the Index.
Scott has been on a fundraising tour since July 2020 when she and other groups announced a $ 1.7 billion donation to historically black colleges and universities. Last December, Scott announced that she was donating an additional $ 4.2 billion to hundreds of organizations.
In 2019, Scott signed the Giving Pledge and pledged to donate at least half of her fortune to charity. The Giving Pledge was launched in 2010 by Warren Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates to encourage the world’s ultra-rich to distribute their fortunes.