Sunday 18 August 2019

Ex-wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos pledges half her fortune to charity

MacKenzie Bezos finalised her divorce in April and reportedly got a stake in the online shopping giant worth more than 35 billion dollars (£27.5bn).

Jeff Bezos and MacKenzie Bezos (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Jeff Bezos and MacKenzie Bezos (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

By Associated Press Reporter

The ex-wife of Amazon founder and chief executive Jeff Bezos has pledged half her fortune to charity, following in the footsteps of billionaires Warren Buffett and Bill Gates.

MacKenzie Bezos finalised her divorce in April and reportedly got a stake in the online shopping giant worth more than 35 billion dollars (£27.5 billion).

The Giving Pledge was started in 2010 by 40 of the wealthiest people in the US.

It involves billionaires pledging more than half of their wealth to charitable causes either while they are alive or in their wills.

“We each come by the gifts we have to offer by an infinite series of influences and lucky breaks we can never fully understand,” she wrote in a letter.

“In addition to whatever assets life has nurtured in me, I have a disproportionate amount of money to share.”

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