Jeff Bezos’ ex-wife donates half of her $37 billion fortune to charity

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Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ ex-wife MacKenzie Bezos has decided to donate half her $37 billion fortune she acquired after her divorce to charity.  The CEO of the world’s largest e-retail company and MacKenzie parted ways recently. After settlement, MacKenzie Bezos became the world’s third richest woman.

The former wife of the world’s richest man follows the movement founded by billionaires Warren Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates. She joined the “Giving Pledge” campaign which calls for the super-rich to give away more than half their fortunes.

“In addition to whatever assets life has nurtured in me, I have a disproportionate amount of money to share,” she said in a statement. “My approach to philanthropy will continue to be thoughtful. It will take time and effort and care,” added MacKenzie.

BIGGEST DIVORCE SETTLEMENT

Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos paid his wife an astounding $35 billion (2420 billion rupees) as divorce settlement in April this year. This divorce settlement is the biggest such deal ever.

According to the deal, MacKenzie has kept a 4 per cent share in Amazon. Earlier, MacKenzie held 16.3 per cent stakes in Amazon. The online retail giant is worth $35.6bn on its own.

Besides, MacKenzie also gave up her interests in the Washington Post newspaper and Jeff Bezos’ space travel firm Blue Origin.

Amazon is now vast online retail business. Last year, it generated sales of $232.8bn and it has helped Bezos and his family amass a fortune of $131bn, according to Forbes magazine.

TOGETHER IN 1993, PARTED WAYS IN 2019

Jeff Bezos founded Amazon in Seattle in 1994 and MacKenzie was one of its first employees. The couple had married in 1993 and has four children.

MacKenzie is a successful novelist and has written two books, The Testing of Luther Albright and Traps. She was the student of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Toni Morrison at Princeton University.

Jeff Bezos is reportedly in a relationship with former Fox TV host Lauren Sánchez. A US tabloid had published his private messages of an extramarital affair with Sánchez.

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