MacKenzie Scott, ex-wife of Amazon founder and world's richest man Jeff Bezos, on Tuesday announced a donation of $ 2.74 billion to 286 organizations, including arts associations and anti-racial groups .
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At the head of a fortune estimated by Forbes at nearly $ 60 billion, MacKenzie Scott, 51, has pledged to donate half of his wealth to charity, largely derived from the economic fallout of his divorce. with Jeff Bezos.
She remarried in March to Dan Jewett, a science teacher at Lakeside Private School in Seattle, Northwestern United States.
Me, Dan and a whole constellation of researchers, administrators and advisers are trying to donate a fortune that has been made possible by systems that need to be changed,
” writes MacKenzie Scott in an article published on the platform. Medium.
We are driven by the humble conviction that it would be better for disproportionate wealth not to be concentrated in the hands of a few
," she continued, noting that the money could be better used by organizations to which she earmarks her gifts.
Prior to this announcement, MacKenzie Scott had already given more than $ 6 billion, highlighting the need to help those most affected by the economic impact of the pandemic and to reduce the unequal distribution of wealth. The list of organizations that will benefit from the most recent donation from the philanthropist includes the Apollo Theater in New York, an American fund for the protection of children (Children's Defense Fund), departments of universities in California, among others. in Florida, Texas and Illinois, as well as social justice groups (Race Forward, Borealis Philanthropy).