According to a report from Page Six, MacKenzie Bezos, who recently got divorced from Jeff Bezos, revealed she would be donating approximately half of the $35,000,000 amount she received for her divorce with the founder of Amazon.
The 49-year-old writer was among a list of approximately 19 people on Tuesday to sign away their wealth, including Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft, Warren Buffet, and MacKenzie, among others. The entrepreneurs are part of a campaign called the “Giving Pledge.”
In a statement, MacKenzie said there are many ways for an individual to contribute to philanthropic causes, including through “compassion, humor, effort, talent, creativity, patience, knowledge, attention, and time.”
Reportedly, MacKenzie is part of a list of 204 people from around 23 countries who are pledging to give away much of their money to different causes, either before their death or at the moment they pass away. The 55-year-old, Jeff, praised his ex-wife’s decision on Tuesday.
MacKenzie is going to be amazing and thoughtful and effective at philanthropy, and I’m proud of her. Her letter is so beautiful. Go get ‘em MacKenzie. https://t.co/S2gLLBQyRQ
— Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) May 28, 2019
On his Twitter account, Bezos praised his ex-wife as “amazing and thoughtful” in front of his near-million followers on the social media platform. Jeff apparently only follows one person, his ex-wife.
Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon and also the owner of The Washington Post, hasn’t signed the list yet. Jeff and MacKenzie revealed they were gearing up for divorce back in January of this year, following the news that Jeff was dating the television host, Lauren Sanchez.
It became a scandal when the National Enquirer published images of their text messages and love notes to each other. Moreover, there was one that showed Jeff in a nude selfie. On the 4th of April, it was revealed that MacKenzie would be getting a four percent stake in the company which she helped found.
Their divorce makes MacKenzie one of the richest people in the world, and the 22nd on Bloomberg’s billionaire index. Another woman to recently earn the title of a billionaire by a publication was the reality star, Kylie Jenner, despite some social media protest to the use of the term, “self-made,” to describe her.